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  • Updated 11/14/2023


IAWG recognizes the rapidly evolving and increasingly acute humanitarian crises in Afghanistan due to the recent escalation of violence–including specifically against women and girls–and the mass displacement of an estimated 3.5 million people1. We recognize that community leaders, particularly those who advocate for and advance the lives of women and girls, are on the frontlines of the crises that are currently unfolding and deepening.

Explore the resources below to learn more about IAWG member organizations' mobilizing in support of Afghanistan.

October 2023 Earthquake

On October 7, 2023 at around 11:00 local time, a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck 25 miles west of Herat City in Herat Province, western Afghanistan. Following the initial quake, several aftershocks rippled through the region, affecting neighboring provinces of Badghis and Farah as well. By October 15, 2023, two additional 6.3 magnitude earthquakes had struck Herat Afghanistan, exacerbating humanitarian needs in the region.

The latest official reports indicate over 1,400 lives lost and 1,853 people – two thirds of whom are women and girls – injured across eleven villages of Zindajan district, Herat Province. More than 43,000 people have been affected.

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