Despite staggering challenges and limited space to operate, the Women, Peace, Studies Organization (WPSO) continues to provide support for women in every province of Afghanistan.
Following the Taliban takeover, a large number of civil-society leaders, particularly women, were forced to flee the country, and a severe lack of funding and a repressive operating environment led many organizations to shut their doors.
To prevent the forever war turning into war forever, instead of an arms race and trillion-dollar defense spending, now more than ever we need to stand for and practice the principles of universal human rights, justice, and pluralism.
In the year since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, ICAN have advocated for and assisted in the relocation of approximately 200 families, issued rapid response grants comprising $590,000 to Afghan women-led peacebuilding organizations, and issued 17 individual grants totaling $36,000.
Our three-part response to the crisis in Afghanistan included advocacy to the international community, direct support to partners seeking evacuation and resettlement; and financial assistance to organizations and individuals inside Afghanistan.