Afghan women have suffered considerably in the past several decades. The continuous conflict in the country, poor perceptions and local norms, misinterpretation of the Islamic teachings to the uneducated communities and its imposition on the people of the country are believed to be the major causes behind the rollback in maintaining the women rights.
SADA as a humanitarian organization and women rights defender has been regularly trying to contribute its part in reducing the distresses of marginalized women in Afghanistan. In this regard the organization has implemented various advocacy projects. Some of the works done are as follow:
Community lead campaigns in 60 villages in Dand, Damna, and Kandahar city, the purpose of the project was to change the perception of the local influencers regarding the women rights by teaching them the real Islamic knowledges.
Providing capacity building trainings for 90 young female teachers in Kandahar province in Dand, Daman and Kandahar city. The teachers were capacitated about the basic and advanced teaching skills and techniques.
Provided vocational trainings for women in 38 villages in Chora and TarinKot districts of Ruzgan province. Through this program around 129 females were capacitated on embroidery skills.
SADA is committed to advocate and campaign for women rights in Afghanistan in line with the principles of Islam, International Human Rights and the positive culture of the country. The organization is taking efforts to alleviate all kind of violence against women so that they can become equal citizens of the country. Therefore, the organization is interested to partner with UN, partner organization and other women rights defenders and donors for the implementation of programs that practically support women and allow them feel safe, equal and counted.
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.