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Acting in Solidarity With Afghan People (ASAP)
P.O. Box 59174, San Francisco, CA 94159-1754
Ph#: 415-273-4681

Afghanistan Peace Association
The APA aims to play a tangible role in conflict resolutions in current crises of the country as well as to prevent such internal conflicts from happening among the people of the country in the future. Also the organization aims to act as a sociopolitical watch group for the rights of all Afghan citizens and establishment of a legitimate ruling government.

P.O. Box 540926
Flushing, NY 11354-0926 or 41-36 College Point Blvd., Suite #2A
Ph#: (718) 461-6799
Fax#: (718) 866-8616

Afghan Women’s Network
The Afghan Women’s Network is a non-partisan network of women working to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society. The Network seeks to enhance the effectiveness of its members by fostering partnership and collaboration between members, undertaking advocacy and lobbying, and building their individual capacities.
PO Box 426, Islamabad, Pakistan
Or PO Box 855, Peshawar, Pakistan
Ph#: +92-51-859489
Fax#: +92-51-211450

Afghan Women’s Council
The AWC is located in Peshawar, Pakistan, and runs the Ariana School, the Mother and Child Health Clinic in Peshawar, which provides education and medical care to refugee families, and the Nazo AnaClinic, a 20-bed hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, that kept its doors open throughout all five years of the Taliban regime. AWC also manages humanitarian relief efforts for newly-arrived refugees and publishes the monthly journal, Zan-e-Afghan (Afghan Women) to mobilize women to bring peace and stability to the country.
GPO Box 1215
Peshawar, Pakistan
Fax#: 928-832-3054

Afghan Women’s Mission
The AWM supports many programs run by Afghan women including Malalai Hospital, schools, orphanages, agricultural programs, demonstrations and functions in support of women’s and human rights. The objectives of the Afghan Women’s mission fall into three categories: Health Care, Education and Empowerment of Afghan women, Increasing public awareness on women’s and human rights and related issues in Afghanistan and Afghan refugee camp
A Project of the Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE)
2460 North Lake Ave., PMB 207, Altadena, CA 91001, USA
Fax#: (509) 756-2236

Afghan Women Welfare Department (AWWD)
The Afghan Women’s Welfare Department (AWWD) provides educational and income-generating training to both rural and urban refugee women. The AWWD has training programs such as literacy and tailoring, English language, computer programming and software, basic health education, soap and candle making and embroidery training. AWWD pays special attention to disabled women and to women whose spouses are disabled.
G.P.O Box 545, 12 Defence Colony, Kafila Road, Tahkal Payan, Pakistan
Ph#: 92-843-497
Fax#: 92-843-497

Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC)
AWEC has expanded its services to include trauma counseling, medical services and health education recently. The main purpose was to organize the Afghan refugee-women scattered in and around Islamabad to a well-knit organization and then to make the best political female NGO that provides education and skill training to Afghan women. It assists women to become aware of their rights and privileges and strives to promote their emancipation.
House No. 195, Street No. 57, G-9/4, Islamabad, Pakistan
Ph # : 859489

Afghanistan: Peace building in a regional perspective This site includes themes relevant to peace building, such as Regional Security Issues, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Rehabilitation and Development, and Elections. It lists research institutions, individual researchers, and publications.

REACH (Rural Expansion of Afghanistan’s Community-Based Healthcare) REACH continues technical assistance, using both standardized and tailored approaches, to build NGO capacity to deliver and expand quality health services and help them develop the technical, managerial and leadership skills they need. REACH has awarded $68 million in USAID-funded grants to 25 Afghan and international NGOs to deliver the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS), the primary health care services selected by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health as having the greatest impact on the country’s major health problems. MSH’s Communications Office at 617.250.9500

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
The goals of CW4WAfghan are 1) to support the empowerment efforts of women in Afghanistan and the refugee camps in Pakistan, and 2) to raise awareness in Canada of the need to secure and protect human rights for Afghan women. Projects are funded in a variety of ways including individual donations, ‘in-kind’ support, and through financial partnerships with donors such as Rights and Democracy in Montreal.
National Office Bankview PO Box 32014, Calgary AB Canada
Ph#: (403) 244-5625

Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is an organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and nonviolence. The FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suit 801, Arlington, VA 22209
Ph#: 703-522-2214
Fax#: 703-522-2219
433 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Ph#: 310-556-2500
Fax#: 310-556-2509

FemAid is a charity registered in France which primarily works for women fighting for their rights, in particular in Afghanistan. FemAid has been supporting several of RAWA’s projects, including underground schools for women and girls in Taliban times. The organization’s main aim is humanitarian, rather than purely political.
115 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris, France

Living Shadows : A Solidarity Campaign for the Women of Afghanistan
Living Shadows is an on-going solidarity campaign for the women of Afghanistan launched by WomenAid, which is aiming to provide relief and assistance to women and children suffering distress caused by war, disasters or poverty and to empower women through education and training
3 Whitehall Court London SW1A, United Kingdom
Ph#: +44 (0) 20 7839 1790
Fax#: +44 (0) 20 7839 2929

Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) promotes health by protecting human rights. Using medical and scientific methods, PHR investigates and exposes violations of human rights worldwide and PHR works to stop them. The organization educates health professionals and medical, public health and nursing students and organizes them to become active in supporting a movement for human rights and creating a culture of human rights in the medical and scientific professions.
100 Boylston St., Suite 702, Boston, MA 02116
Ph#: 617-695-0041
Fax#: 617-695-0307

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
RAWA is an organization fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan. RAWA’s objective was to involve an increasing number of Afghan women in social and political activities aimed at acquiring women’s human rights and contributing to the struggle for the establishment of a government based on democratic and secular values in Afghanistan. RAWA issues a bilingual (Persian/Pashtu) magazine, Payam-e-Zan (Woman’s Message),which is also provided in English.
P.O.Box 374, Quetta, Pakistan
Ph#: 92-300-8551638 (USA) or 44-870-1394051 (UK)
Fax#: 760-281-9855 (USA)

The Shuhada Organization is to implement projects that involve the poor and the underprivileged directly. The activities of the Shuhada Organization can be divided into sectors of health, education, agriculture, literacy and training, income generation, construction and relief distribution. Target provinces include Bamyan, Ghazni, Kabul, Mazar, Wardak and Ghore.
C/a Shuhada Clinic, Alamdai Rd., Naseei Abad., Quetta, Pakistan
Fax#: 1630-214-3097

Support Afghan Women
One of the project of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
500 S. Azusa Avenue, PMB 330, Azusa, CA 91702, USA

Women’s Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan (WAPHA)
WAPHA is an organization founded by Zieba Shorish-Shamley. Ph. D. WAPHA’s mission is to achieve full restoration of Afghan women and girls’ human rights, Afghan women’s full participation in the peace processes and future government of Afghanistan, Afghan women’s full participation in every aspect of Afghan socio-cultural system and Afghan Women’s full participation in reconstruction of Afghanistan.
PO Box 77057 Washington, DC 20013-7057, USA
Ph #: (202) 882-1432
Fax #:(202) 882-8125

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
The organization works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and adolescents. The organization advocates for their inclusion and participation in programs of humanitarian assistance and protection. Also it provides technical expertise and policy advice to donors and organizations that work with refugees and the displaced. The Women’s Commission makes recommendations to policy makers based on rigorous research and information gathered on fact-finding missions.
122 East 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10168-1289, USA
Ph #: 212.551.3029
Fax #: 212.551.3180

Women for Afghan Women
WAW is a collective of Afghan and non-Afghan women from the New York area who are committed to ensuring the human rights of Afghan women. WAW promotes the agency of local Afghan women through the creation of safe forums where Afghan women can network, develop programs to meet their specific needs, and participate in human rights advocacy in the international sphere. WAW supports the development of vocational training programs for women in Afghanistan.
C/o The Sister Fund
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Women Living Under Muslim Laws
The Network was created to break women’s isolation and to provide linkages and support to all women whose lives may be affected by Muslim laws. WLUML’s purpose is to facilitate access to information and to each other.
Asia Coordination Office
Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre
PO Box 5192, Lahore, Pakistan,
Africa & Middle East Coordination Office
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
PO Box 73630, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria,
International Coordination Office
PO Box 28445, London, N19 5NZ, UK,

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) South Asia Regional Office
Umbrella Organisation: Countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
55 Lodi Estate 11003, New Delhi, India
Contact: Chandni Joshi
Ph #: 91 11 469 8297
Fax #: 91 11 462 7612 (c/o UNDP)

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Top official for Afghanistan is Filippo Grandi
Afghanistan is covered by the Office of the
UNHCR Chargé de Mission in Kabul (Relocated in Islamabad, Pakistan)
P.O. Box 1263, Islamabad, Pakistan

Afghanistan Information Management Service (AIMS)
The AIMS project of the United Nations Development Programme is building information management capacity in government and delivers information management services to organizations across Afghanistan. AIMS seeks to build appropriate skills in government to manage information management systems. AIMS seeks to exit from information system activities once capability exists within government to manage line activities with the specific information systems concerned.

Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Habiba Sarabi

Deputy Minister, Women’s Affairs
Tajwar Kakar

Ministry of Health
Dr. Sohaila Siddiq

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Chair
Dr. Sima Samara

New York Permanent Mission
Permanent Representative of the Islamic State of Afghanistan to the United Nations
360 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
Ph#: (212) 972-1212/1213
Fax#: (212) 972-1216