What is RAWA?
RAWA is the oldest political and social organisation struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women´s rights in Afghanistan. It was founded in 1977 by a number of women intellectuals. RAWA was formed to give a voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan.
The organisation involves Afghan women in political and social activities aimed at acquiring human rights for women. A crucial element of this struggle is the fight for an Afghan government based on democratic and secular, rather than fundamentalist principles.
As a result, RAWA actively opposed the Soviet-supported Afghan government and the following Mujahideen and Taliban Islamist governments. RAWA currently opposes the U.S backed Islamic Republican form of government.
RAWA´s stance against all forms of religious fundamentalism means that it is regarded as a controversial group within Afghanistan. Its progressive feminist ideology and opposition to foreign occupation has led to an almost complete lack of recognition by the international community.