Women Who Stand Up is working with Afghan Women on the Move (AWOTM)
We are thrilled to be providing volunteer support to AWOTM at this time when the women in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in Australia need so much support.
You can see us here www.awotm.com PPORT FOR AFGHAN WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA NOW URGENT
AWOTM is seeking grants to provide urgent and practical support to Afghan women and their families living in and newly arrived in Australia.
We are also doing a great deal of work behind the scenes to help women who are at risk due to their humanitarian work with us in Afghanistan.
Maryam Zahid, Founder and Director of the Australian-based not-for-profit Afghan Women On The Move (AWOTM), is receiving hundreds of calls for help from the 3000+ Afghan women in our online community.
“They are struggling with a range of issues”, explains Zahid, “from practical things like a lack of computers to home-school their children to more complex issues, like more worrying mental health issues like post-traumatic stress being triggered by the recent events in Afghanistan… Today’s news will heighten their distress”.
The lockdown was already causing difficulty and distress for many Afghan women and families in Australia. The sudden fall of Kabul to the Taliban last month and the new government announced today, adds enormous strain to these woman and families. Almost all of them have family and friends back in Afghanistan. AWOTM is very concerned about mental health issues in our community at this time.
AWOTM supports the health, mental wellbeing, individual growth and development of Afghan and other women of diverse backgrounds in Australia. We provide our women with opportunities to grow and develop in a safe place. We use art, music and poetry as a healing language for our members. We also work to educate the mainstream, broader community on the issues faced by culturally diverse women in today’s Australian society.
Due to the recent crisis in Afghanistan, and the ongoing strain of COVID-19 restrictions, Afghan women and their families living in Australia are in urgent need of practical support and mental health assistance. By obtaining funding, AWOTM would be able to further help provide the support desperately needed, critical information and resources to its own community.
Maryam Zahid is available for interviews.
Volunteer Operations Director