Vital Voices Emergency Fund for Afghan Women


The Taliban is going door-to-door in search of women’s rights activists. These women fear that they and their families will be assassinated. Immediate action must be taken to safeguard Afghan women most at risk: women’s rights activists, journalists, educators, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and direct service providers.

Through an Emergency Fund for Afghan Women, Vital Voices is providing a holistic approach to meet the urgent needs of these most at-risk women and their families. In partnership with Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Women for Women International; and trusted on-the-ground humanitarian organizations, this coalition is meeting the immediate life-or-death needs of these women; setting up mid-term support to address urgent basic needs; and planning for long-term resettlement with dignity.

The following are specific urgent actions that the emergency fund is supporting:

  • Evacuations out of Afghanistan: Vital Voices and our partners have been coordinating efforts and collaborating in real-time with humanitarian organizations, governments, security, and many other partners to provide safe passage for Afghan women and their families out of the country. This includes setting up safe houses, arranging secure transit and airport gate access, obtaining passports and e-visas, and other critical logistics. We are looking into any and all options, and working with one another to share strategies and coordinate on evacuation flights. This is an ongoing effort that will continue until otherwise notified.
  • Immediate Needs in Transition Locations: Vital Voices and our partners are working with governments and local organizations to meet the basic needs for evacuated women and their families in countries that have agreed to host them during this transition. We have activated our global network of 18,000 women leaders from 184 countries and other local partners to address basic critical needs such as shelter, food, clothing, childcare, healthcare, COVID-19 prevention and treatment, psychosocial and trauma support, and other human rights needs.
  • Long-term Resettlement and Ongoing Support: Vital Voices and our partners will coordinate on the long-term resettlement of Afghan women and their families, providing the assistance, resources, and trusted networks needed to live full and prosperous lives, free from oppression. We will also work with these women leaders to be the voice for those who remain in Afghanistan, keeping the fight for women’s rights alive and amplifying their calls to action.

Our voices are powerful alone, but unstoppable together. Please help amplify these vital voices and join us in our emergency efforts now.