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Lifesaving Humanitarian Response for Women and Girls in Afghanistan: An Urgent Call for U.S. Action

Mina's List, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Refugees International, Women's Refugee Commission, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security, Human Rights Watch, and Futures Without Violence

Violent conflict, a devastating drought, and food insecurity affecting over half the population in Afghanistan are driving one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Assessments indicate this emergency will exponentially grow as Afghanistan’s economy teeters on the edge of total collapse and the country remains almost entirely dependent on external aid. Urgent action is needed to address the looming famine and avert a humanitarian catastrophe that will impact women and girls and other marginalized groups the most. The recommendations set forth in this brief should be immediately adopted by the U.S. government in order to assist Afghan women and girls in crisis.