Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is an organization of Afghan and non-Afghan women from the New York area working to ensure the human rights of Afghan women. Three years after the expulsion of the Taliban, prospects for the women of Afghanistan remain precarious. Afghan women and young girls suffer from poverty, illiteracy, depression and exclusion from civic life.
Since 2001, WAW has advocated for the representation of women in all areas of Afghan life: political, economic, social, cultural and religious. WAW provides literacy education and vocational training, supports women seeking to escape intolerable domestic situations, and develops income-generating projects for destitute widows. Recently, WAW entered into a partnership with Business Council for Peace to train Afghan women in small business development.