Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan: Campaign for Afghan Women & Girls

Taliban Strips Away Afghan Women and Girls’ Rights

Campaign Objectives

  • Increase public awareness and community organizing about gender apartheid in Afghanistan and the human rights of Afghan women and girls.
  • Amplify the voices and stories of Afghan women and girls in their fight for equal rights. 
  • Urge the US, the UN, and many other countries not to recognize the Taliban regime as a legitimate government. Currently, no country recognizes the Taliban. 
  • Given recent droughts, harsh winter, massive unemployment, and a sharp decrease in international aid because of the Taliban takeover, more humanitarian aid is needed. It is critical to work toward increasing the Afghan people’s access to food, healthcare, and education and ensure that women and girls are not excluded. 
  • Report on the violations of human rights and Taliban atrocities in Afghanistan.
  • Work with women’s rights and human rights organizations globally in the quest to restore Afghan women’s rights. 
  • Assist and influence public policy research and strategy development to help stop gender apartheid. 

About the Campaign

The Feminist Majority Foundation Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls has four major components: 

  1. Public Education and Community Organizing; 
  2. Public Policy Research and Strategy Development; 
  3. National and Global Outreach; and 
  4. Support Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan, especially for programs serving Afghan women and girls.

Stop Gender Apartheid

Since 1997, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) has worked to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan and helped Afghan women and girls achieve equality. Since the second Taliban takeover of the Afghan government in August 2021, FMF has continued to support Afghan women and girls by amplifying their voices and advocacy for their human rights. We have also helped evacuate from Afghanistan some feminist activists and their families, as well as college students, for their safety. 

Despite the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021 and the rapid loss of human rights, Afghan women have been leading efforts to restore their human rights in Afghanistan and globally. We continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to support and to amplify their voices. 

After the first regime of the Taliban collapsed in 2001, during the Afghan republic and elected government, Afghan women and girls made great achievements in their fight for equality. We will continue to work with Afghan women to restore and continue their fight for equality. (Link achievements page) 


The beginning of our Campaign in 1997

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) has been working to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan and helped Afghan women and girls achieve since 1997. The organization launched a Stop Gender Apartheid campaign during the first Taliban regime and continued to work on achieving equality for Afghan women and girls during the republic’s formation and until its collapse in August of 2021. 

The campaign, chaired by Mavis Leno, was the first to build a U.S. grassroots constituency around a foreign policy issue of women’s rights. It successfully brought the Taliban regime’s atrocities against women and girls in Afghanistan to the attention of the United States and the world. Because of our work for Afghan women and girls, the Feminist Majority Foundation was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

With the support of tens of thousands, our work was vital in stopping U.S. and U.N. recognition of the Taliban during their first regime and in winning extensive funding for Afghan women’s programs, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA). FMF’s work first to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan and then to support Afghan women and girls during the republic for over 20 years has had a tangible impact. 

Our work during the Afghan Republic: 2002-2021

In 2002, the Feminist Majority Foundation intensified its nationwide public education campaign for Afghan women and girls to win the complete and permanent restoration of human rights and women’s rights, promote the leadership of women in the planning and governing of post-Taliban Afghanistan, increase and monitor the provision of emergency and reconstruction assistance to women and girls, and support the Afghan Ministry for Women’s Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and Afghan women-led non-governmental organizations (NGOs). With all the hurdles, during the 20 years of the republic, Afghan women and girls made tremendous gains in all aspects of life. (Link last sentence to achievements page)