Executive Director of AWSDC
Shelters for the battered women are an absolute must in Afghanistan.
If it wasn’t for the NGOs who are running these “safe houses” for
women, most of them would have been in prison rotting with no one to
follow their cases or on the streets of the capital Kabul or the main
cities in the provinces selling their bodies for prostitution. I
spend a lot of time with these women and know their stories
intimately. I have sat with them many nights listening to their
stories, at times crying with them, I have also been very happy and
celebrated when their cases were solved and the results were in their
favor. Thes women are mothers, newlyweds, young girls, they are
daughters, wives, sisters of men who abuse them sexually, beat them
blue and black to death, or sell them to a man four times their age.
These are the ugly realities of Afghanistan, we know it and we are not
proud of it, but we are working to bring about change in their lives
and we can only do that if you the world support us.