Afghan Women's Organisation Victoria (AWOV), are a non-profit organisation established in 2009 by a group of passionate women eager to empower Afghan women and children. Since 2009, AWOV have worked with various organisations, international and government sectors to implement programs, events and workshops that facilitate women's empowerment in the Afghan-Australian community. AWOV has become one of the leading community organisations in Australia and internationally for our committed and successful work in female empowerment, community engagement, services and aid projects.
AWOV have established a Charity Foundation and Literacy Centre in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014. This centre is run by women, for women. The centre provides literacy classes, maternity and child health information, sewing classes and microfinance projects for widowed women and girls. The AWOV fundraisers that take place in Victoria contribute to the projects that run in Afghanistan and provide emergency relief to those in dire need of aid.
Founder and CEO of Afghan Women's Organisation Victoria
Gulghotai Bezhan founded AWOV in 2009. Gulghotai established AWOV with a desire to bridge the social, economic and political gaps faced by Afghan women and girls. She has immense passion in working to empower women and girls both in Victoria and Afghanistan. Her 20+ year experience in community work, international aid and her profile as a community leader has enabled her to support and empower women and girls in the Afghan community. Gulghotai Bezhan continues to utilise her platform to advocate, campaign and support Afghan women and girls internationally. Her work has been recognised by UN Women, UNHCR, the Australian Federal and State Governments, Amnesty International, H.E.R Summit and various other international organisations and bodies. Gulghotai Bezhan extended her efforts to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014 to help empower women and widows through educational and vocational programs at the Afghan Women's Organisation Literacy and Charity Centre.
We believe all women and girls can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
We are a source of experience and empowerment for equality and women’s rights both within the Afghan community and on a larger scale. Representing the diversity of the Afghan women’s movement globally, AWOV's mission is to foster and build a society and environment where women's rights are recognised, for Afghan women to have access to services, information, social justice and empowerment. We build consensus and mobilise our members’ collective experience to work on major issues affecting women, to realise women’s rights and facilitate comprehensive and pragmatic programs, projects and events. We represent an inclusive, confident, and unified voice for Afghan women and girls, and bring their voices into an arena that harbours social inclusiveness.
Our vision is to strengthen and empower Afghan women and girls in Australia and Afghanistan. We want transformational social, political, and economic empowerment for Afghan women and girls based on, equality, well-being, social justice, and education. We envision a culture in which women enjoy equal rights and participation in reimagined power and decision-making structures. We envision a society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognised, rewarded and celebrated – in leadership, in care and in production; all women have freedom of choice, self-confidence and education.
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