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Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, a non-profit organization to support Afghanistan women's and children's rights.

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  • Dec 11, 2010
RAWA (www.rawa.org) has been fighting for Afghan women's rights since 1977. In protest of the Taliban's strict rule, they went underground, literally, building schools and hospitals so that their children would receive education and the women could be cared for medically. This is just the tip of the iceberg. An amazing organization that deserves everyone's support because they haven't stopped fighting for their country, even if their country hasn't always fought for them.
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From their About Us on their website: www.rawa.org

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan. The founders were a number of Afghan woman intellectuals under the sagacious leadership of Meena who in 1987 was assassinated in Quetta, Pakistan, by Afghan agents of the then KGB in connivance with fundamentalist band of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar . 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. Despite the suffocating political atmosphere, RAWA very soon became involved in widespread activities in different socio-political arenas including education, health and income generation as well as political agitation.

Before the Moscow-directed coup d’état of April 1978 in Afghanistan, RAWA’s activities were confined to agitation for women’s rights and democracy, but after the coup and particularly after the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in December 1979, RAWA became directly involved in the war of resistance. In contradistinction to the absolute majority of the vaunted Islamic fundamentalist "freedom fighters" of the anti-Soviet ...

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Afghanistan, Human Rights, Womens Rights, Humanitarian Work, Political Organizations, Revolutionary Association Of The Women Of Afghanistan, Sexual Equality, Social Organizations, Rawa

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