Afghan Women's Council

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Humanitarian women's organization.

The Afghan Women's Council (AWC) is a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian relief to Afghan women refugees in Pakistan. It was founded in 1986 in Peshawar, Pakistan, by Fatana Gailani, who belongs to a prominent Afghan clerical family. The AWC provides education and medical care for newly arrived Afghan women refugees. It also publishes a monthly journal, Zan-i-Afghan (Afghan women), which promotes women's rights, children's rights, and peace-building in Afghanistan. The AWC has received several international awards, including the U.S. Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children Award in 1992 and the United Nations Association of Spain's Peace Award in 1999.

see also afghanistan: overview; gender: gender and politics; revolutionary association of the women of afghanistan (rawa).


Amnesty International. "Voice of Afghan Women." Updated March 2002. Available from <>.

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