Young Women for Change, founded in April 2011, is an independent non-profit organization consisting of tens of volunteer women and male advocates across Afghanistan who are committed to empowering Afghan women and improving their lives through social and economical participation, political empowerment, awareness and advocacy.
One of the main needs of every individual in globalized world is internet. Especially in areas where the media is dominated by men, internet is key to raising women's knowledge about the world we live in. It helps women and men around the world connect, learn about each other and becoming more empowered. It raises awareness about current issues and it can inspire movements and activism.
Even now, unfortunately, one of the main problems for the Afghan women is using these services for their means without harassment and obstacles. For decades now, women in Afghanistan have been harassed, abused and degraded in public. They fear for their safety when they go out; they are publicly insulted, groped and otherwise verbally assaulted. Going to public spaces, like shops, schools, governmental offices, internet cafes, etc, is a very hard task. If they go to an Internet café, they are harassed, stared at and some times harassment gets to a physical level where men in these places will grope and touch them. This will further discourages women from going to Internet café’s and use them and deprive women of information and knowledge as well as the opportunity to network with women around the world.
Young Women for Change has created a women-only, harassment-free Internet Café in Kabul to connect more women to the world in a safe and comfortable space! We opened Sahar Gul Internet Cafe on March 8, 2012.
We have named the net cafe after Sahar Gul, an Afghan bride who was tortured because she didn't give into prostitution to honor her courage.
This internet cafe has become a place for women to gather and share their experiences, build solidarity and create strong networks. Women recently held a session here to discuss street harassment and methods of struggling against it.
We need to make this safe haven for Afghan women sustainable and you help can make that possible. Please consider making a donation.
Here is an inspirational video of the internet cafe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17370952
A contribution of 25 dollars= a chair and a desk!
A contribution of 50 dollars= our power generator fuel for a month!
A contribution of 100 dollars= 1/4 of our electricity bill for a month!
A contribution of 200 dollars= salary of our guard for a month!
A contribution of 250 dollars= the salary of one female IT assistant to help with the women who visit the internet cafe!
A contribution of 500 dollars= one month's internet bill!
A contribution of 400 dollars= a month's shop rent or a generator!
A contribution of 540 dollars= a computer!
Learn more about YWC here: www.facebook.com/ywc.af or www.youngwomenforchange.org