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We oppose discrimination against women and all minorities

We work together to eliminate violence against Women

A society where Women are no longer subjected to violence, live in dignity and are able to participate in all aspects of life

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Afghan women's skills development center

The Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC) is a national non-governmental organisation (NGO), based in Kabul and dedicated to the promotion and protection of the rights of women in Afghanistan.

Mahbouba "Seraj"

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. 

 Thank you



A society where Women are no longer subjected to violence, live in dignity and are able to participate in all aspects of life


 To eliminate violence against women and their families by providing safe refuge, legal services, counselling and advocacy in cooperation with government and civil society.



We oppose discrimination against women and all minorities, promoting their rights to participate in all spheres of life, while respecting and upholding the equal rights of all citizens. 


We seek to promote trust among our beneficiaries and staff through our dedication to our values and our devotion to our mission. We strive also to promote a spirit of voluntarism and service to the community in all that we do.


We remain true to our vision and mission, and will always act with honesty and transparency, ready to be held accountable for all our actions by our beneficiaries and all other stakeholders.

Conflict sensitivity

Fully aware of the dangers of the multiple conflicts taking place at all levels of society in Afghanistan, we are careful to act sensitively to conflicts in order not to exacerbate them or to cause further harm.


We work in close cooperation, solidarity, and friendship with vulnerable Afghan women, while also presenting a friendly face to all other stakeholders and promoting wider cooperation throughout Afghanistan.