1The Women Activities & Social Services Association (WASSA) was established in 2002 in Afghanistan, as the first independent women’s organization in Herat province, committed to seeking ways for women empowerment in Afghanistan. WASSA aims to promote women equal participation in socio-economic sectors of the country. WASSA works directly with communities in order to bring change in social attitude of the community.

WASSA gives victims of violence a voice in their own future through advocating and establishing networks, offering legal advocates and access to tools for sustained social, economical and legal development through support from our donor and those who are interested to help Afghans. We are committed to work for ensuring gender equality within our society as well as consolidation of peace, democracy and human rights.

WASSA ENVISION – “WASSA envision Afghanistan free of violence & discrimination in which every one has the rights to basic needs social justice and human dignity

WASSA Strongly believes that:
1. Women’s participation will have a great impact and is essential to peace-building and sustainable development.
2. Offering women a broad range of experiences and perspectives helps them to deal with social discrimination and to realize their individual potential.
3. Women are their own best resources; that they can provide the support, information, and understanding necessary to overcome the fear, isolation and desperation that women victims of violence usually feel.
4. That advocacy for the legal, social and political participation of women is essential.
5. Our services can have a preventative impact on women and their families.
6. Volunteers deserve recognition and support for their contributions to the community.

WASSA Core Values are:
1. We value honesty, transparency and commitment to the vision.
2. We value relationships based on acceptance, respect, understanding.
3. We value equality, dignity and respect for all.
4. WASSA is committed to provide positive role models.
5. We value diversity.
6. We value non-compositeness within the organizations.
7. We value a process of communication and consultation that involves all like minded organizations.
8. We respect the confidentiality of victims of violence and their families.
9. We challenge the stereotype.