Article-22 of the constitution of Islamic republic of Afghanistan states that:
“Any kind of discrimination and privilege between the citizens of Afghanistan are prohibited. The citizens of Afghanistan – whether man or woman – have equal rights and duties before the law”.
Afghanistan is conflict ridden country in Asia, where decades of war has left long lasting impacts on social, political and economical lives of the people. Due to continuous war, gender justice is an unfulfilled dream of the citizens of Afghanistan. In this regards, women and girls are the most affected group who have continuously facing the hazards of force marriages, trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor, discrimination on the basis of gender, honor killings, physical and psychological harassment, lack of opportunities for getting
education and earning income and dependency on male counterpart due to the tradition of male chauvinism across the country.
SASA is committed in campaigning and advocating for the fulfillment of laws of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding gender justice and strategic goals of UN women for Asia and Pacific. Strategic program goal for 2013-17of the United Nations Women for Asia and Pacific are mentioned as bellow;
•Women’s increased leadership and participation in the decisions that affect their lives;
•Increased economic empowerment of women, especially those who are most excluded;
•Prevent violence against women and girls and expand access to victim/survivor services;
•Women’s leadership in peace and security, and;
•National planning and budgeting processes promote stronger institutional accountability to gender equality commitments.
Applied within the context of the NAPWA, ANDS and UNDAF, UN Women has identified three key programmatic Pillars through which programming will be channeled for the current cycle, namely:
•Political and Economic Empowerment,
•Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), and
•Coordination and Advocacy.
Organizational Strategy and Plan:
SADA conduct meetings consisting of Board of Directors, Managing Director, Chief Executive and other key personnel to discuss and plan (internally) SADA’s strategy before the start of any project. Discussions and meetings are held to find better ways to implement project in timely and most efficient manner. Letters are send to all and meetings are held to have collect useful suggestions from SADA internal key staff, Local Community and etc. Visits are made to fully utilize the needs and resources and gather all the necessary information and get back with positive response.SADA follow the plan and/or strategy to have access in timely manners and most importantly to execute what is required in order to achieve the best result.
Social Association for Development of Afghanistan (SADA) is a non-governmental, non-for-profit and non-political Humanitarian and Development organization. SADA was founded in 1994 when Afghanistan was severely affected by internal war and access to any humanitarian facilities and services was practically debarred.
SADA was established with a vision of “To alleviate poverty and human sufferings to see educated, self-reliant, peaceful and developed Afghanistan” by enhancing access to quality and free education, improving health system, upgrading local agriculture & irrigation systems, increasing awareness around hygiene and sanitation, and advocating for the rights of women & children.
SADA has started its first operation in Kandahar province by implementing a UNOPS funded WASH project with the total fund of $12,657 in 1996. SADA gradually expanded its operations across the southern region by establishing partnerships with UNOPS, UNDP, UNWFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, Malala Fund, Street Child – Children in Crisis, GPE, JICA, Action Aid, ZOA Refugee Care, Royal Netherland Embassy, PRT and the government of Afghanistan.
SADA has been able to successfully implement over three hundred small and large humanitarian and developmental projects in various sectors across the country. Those projects have greatly contributed in improving the living conditions of hundreds of thousands needy people. SADA built up strong relationships with communities and gained a particular acceptance among the local people.
SADA is headquartered in Kabul and currently has sub offices in Kandahar, Zabul, Helmand, Sari-Pul, Faryab and Urozgan provinces. On the basis of service delivery, the organization has good reputation among donor organizations, government officials, Community elders and other stakeholders.