I am writing to make you aware of the action NFWI is taking in response to the developing situation in Afghanistan as we have had a number of contacts from members on this issue. Please cascade this information to WIs in your federation.
We are deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and particularly about the very real threats to the safety of women. We stand in solidarity with those calling on the international community not to turn their backs on the women and girls of Afghanistan. We are urging the UK Government to do everything in its power to protect the Afghan people, particularly women and girls.
The NFWI has been in contact with other charities and NGOs working in Afghanistan or to support women and girls affected about ways that we can add value to their efforts. We have also fed the views of members into ACWW so that they can raise these on our behalf where relevant.
Members who wish to support calls for the UK government to take action can do the following:
- Sign this petition which calls for a range of actions to protect the freedom of Afghan women and girls https://chng.it/fzwCFYZ5vw
- Write to their MP asking them to push the government for action to support women and girls. A draft letter you can send to your MP is attached to this email.
We are aware that many members will also want to take practical action to support refugees who have been resettled in the UK. We have therefore collated a list of organisations working in this field that are asking for support from the public. This list can be found at the following link:
The usual guidelines on WI fundraising activity continue to apply so please do consult the guidance on My WI before taking part in any charitable appeals within your federation or WI.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with the Public Affairs Department via email (email@example.com) or phone (020 7371 9300 ext. 2002). Please note the Department’s new phone extension.
Please cascade this email to WIs in your federation.