About The Afghan Women’s Network

In 1995, seven Afghan women who participated in the  of the fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing-China, along with other Afghan women decided to establish the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN). A year later, in 1996, this informal initiative was developed into a formal structure in 1996.

AWN was operating out of Peshawar-Pakistan since its inception back in 1995 until they were shifted to Kabul in 2002.

AWN main office is based in Kabul with regional offices in Jalalabad and Herat. It has a liaison office in Peshawar-Pakistan that provides logistical support and outreach to the Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan.

Today, AWN is considered the only umbrella entity for women/gender-based organizations in Afghanistan. At present, AWN has 72 organizations and 3000 individuals as its members both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

AWN is a non-partisan Network of women and women’s NGOs working to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society. The members of the Network also recognize the value and role of children as the future of Afghanistan and, as such, regard the empowerment and protection of children as fundamental to their work. 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.

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