ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

What we do

We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.

We help people fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.

We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions.

We listen to what people really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference.

Our objective is to promote an enabling environment where women are empowered to enjoy their rights without fear of discrimination or violence.

Gender inequality and discrimination are widespread across Afghanistan. Afghan women are among the poorest in their communities. Women are considered the most vulnerable of all citizens and seldom have a voice in decision-making at the household or community levels. Their literacy and education levels are also much lower than those of men.

We contextualised gender strategy and implemented gender-sensitive programming towards ensuring the active participation of women in all aspects of decision-making processes. Through 192 Regenerated Freirean Literacy Through Empowering Community Techniques (REFLECT) circles, we helped to ensure women and girls’ access to basic education and helped prevent gender based violence (GBV). We also worked with women’s networks, religious leaders, and CSOs to raise a stronger and collective voice promoting and protect women’s and girls’ rights. We encouraged women’s economic empowerment, facilitating vocational, homestead gardening and livestock and poultry rearing training. We scaled up and institutionalized women’s participation and leadership by building and strengthening alliances of women’s organizations at various levels.

We linked the local issues of violence to a national and global campaign and built solidarity amongst actors across Afghanistan. Our paralegals played a catalyst role in preventing gender-based violence at a grassroots level, providing women and girls with education on various rights-based issues and gender based violence. They helped women connect to departments of women’s affairs, law enforcement agencies and other like-minded organizations. Paralegals were trained in case management and conducted the same training for the REFLECT circle members and other women across communities.

AAA, as an active member of the AWN – the largest network of NGOs and CSOs in Afghanistan on women’s rights – has been actively participating in and showing the utmost solidarity towards ensuring proper representation and empowerment of women across Afghanistan. Together with the AWN, AAA was very instrumental in the OBR Campaign, with strong grassroots involvements and support from evidence-based researches and studies.  We supported the drafting of Elimination of Violence Against Women law alongside with AWN and helped the government to make it operational.  We also advocated for the inclusion of women ministers in the cabinet of Afghanistan. 


  • Around 80% of the Afghan rural population is dependent on agriculture and natural calamities like drought that has impacted almost 3 million Afghans across 14 provinces in the North, Northeast and Western regions of Afghanistan. At present, the humanitarian community is responding to ongoing drought: an estimated 4.1 million people are currently reported as food-insecure and in need of relief support and a further one million in need of emergency agricultural assistance. 


  • Emerging from almost 30 years of war has left 3.2 million Afghans as refugees making them the largest refugee group in Iran and Pakistan and some a few millions internally displaced in the country.

  • The impact of 30 years of war has destroyed the institutions of governance in the country. Policy work has not been seen important in Afghanistan and many agencies are only involving in-service delivery types of work basically focusing on relief and rehabilitation.