Brief history of AWWD

The Afghan Women Welfare Department (AWWD), a non-affiliated and nonprofit making Afghan woman NGO, was established in July 1989. The purpose was to deal with the great women-related emergency needs, which existed in providing services to the Afghan refugee women in NWFP. During the past years of war in Afghanistan, the Afghan women have been deprived of all their human and national rights including the right to education and health care.

There have been a lot of restrictions and limitations imposed on women getting self-reliant. Apart from all these restrictions, the civil war more imposed limitations on women’s welfare. AWWD, as a woman’s organization, strives and is established for the mere purpose of Afghan women’s welfare in the refugee situation. The AWWD achieves its objectives through providing community-based programs especially in refugee camps where the most vulnerable women deprived of help live.

The support AWWD provides to women is not only confined to these women, but AWWD also provides educational and income generation services around rural areas of Peshawar for educated Afghan females who are searching for such opportunities.

In the past nineteen years, AWWD has approximately trained 13000 more than Afghan women in the fields of Education, Vocational Training, Health, Reproductive health, Gender awareness training, Human rights, and Income-Generation. The help and support AWWD provides for women is not confined to NWFP. AWWD has supported women inside Afghanistan as well. AWWD plans to extend its activities in Afghanistan therefore to obtain the aim AWWD established sub-offices in Kabul in July 2002 and Jalalabad in October 2003 in the future and whenever the situation inside Afghanistan allows the secure function of the programs AWWD will extend its activities to all provinces of Afghanistan.

Currently AWWD operates in Kabul and Jalalabad and implementing projects such as English and Computer training programs, DIT program, Women Rights/Human Rights project and women and Islam booklet Trainings, Free Coaching Classes for University Entry Test Exam, literacy and Humanitarian Assistance for women in Afghanistan HAWA within its two offices, Kabul, Nangarhar.