The Women Activities & Social Services Association (WASSA) with the financial support of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) on 27th November 2019 among the valuable guests Ms. Anissa Sarwari (Executive Director of Provincial Women’s Affairs). Mrs. Sakineh Hosseini (Member of Provincial Council), State Representatives, activists and heads of civil society organizations. The program began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, and then the participants rose in honor of the national anthem. In the introduction, while welcoming the dear guests, Mr. Said Wase Sayedi, Executive Director of WASSA, spoke about the activities of the organization. Subsequently, Ms. Anissa Sarwari, had a brief speaking on 2019th DoWA activities.
Then, Ms. Hosseini, spoke in detail about the role of women in reducing violence against women for the audience. Following the ceremony, the Honorable Office (WADAN) representative Mr. Sufi Zadeh, while introducing his office, spoke about how the exhibition and handicrafts were made by IDPs. Following the students’ lectures, participants were invited to watch a 10-minute clip of women’s achievements over the past 18 years
Two of the cafe students also talked about their achievements over the past year and how much these services have impacted their lives. A documentary titled secrecy of violence by Salim Moqimi was played for the participants.
At the end of the program, the AHDAA Taekwondo girls’ team had a brilliant performance among the applause, and recently the program participants painted their hands as a sign to stop violence against women.
On November 20, 2019 the Korea Ambassador Mr. Rhee Zha-hyoung with UNHCR high delegation visited WASSA’s women-only Café Net and psycho-social services counseling in Jebraeel town.
During his visit, he communicated with beneficiaries of women-only Café Net in Jebraeel and questioned about their achievements and challenges. The participants appreciated the cooperation of UNHCR and partners for providing such opportunities in far districts of Herat. They added about the great facilities such as (free Internet, free ICDL class, access to the library, having free Psycho-social sessions and Hygiene Promotion programs) which are provided for them in order to improve their skills.
The Korea Ambassador wished more success for each individual and promised to keep the Korean people’s assistance continued for Afghan people.
On 22nd October 2019, the Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA) with the support of UNHCR was delighted to inaugurate its second branch of Girls’ Café Net and Psycho-social counseling services in Jebraeel town. The program started with recitation of Holy Quran by one of the café net students, then Mr. Said Wase Sayedi WASSA’s Executive Director had his remarks regarding WASSA activities and its remarkable achievements during 18 years of working, right after Mr. Sayedi’s speech, Ms. Sakina Hussaini Provincial Council Member expressed her deepest appreciation to WASSA board and the efforts of the management team about such effective accomplishment in far districts of Herat Province.
Ms. Anisa Sarwari Head of Women Affairs was the next speaker who had a brief speech about the importance of technology in youth’s life, in-addition she mentioned the advantages of having the psyco-social programs in Jebrail district in which it shows the efforts of WASSA.
At the end, the program ended up by cutting the ribbon in a good and suitable way. It is worth of saying that the center is open for students and clients from Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM in both Café Net and Psycho-social services.
The Women Activities & Social Services Association (WASSA) celebrated its 17th years of existence in Afghanistan in 31st July 2019. In this intriguing gathering, the Founder/Chairperson of WASSA, Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, sent his congratulatory messages to the leadership and all the staff of the organization and had a brief speech on WASSA’s strategic goals for the next five years.
Later, the Executive Director of the WASSA, Mr. Said Wase Sayedi, explained the overall achievement of WASSA for the years 2018/19. Subsequently, Mr. Hamidullah Nasibi described program and project achievements during the mentioned years for all staff.
And after all, Mr. Ghulam Sakhi Khatibi, WASSA’s current board member, the one who stood behind all these achievements since the very beginning days, spoke about the overall challenges, threats and the sacrifices where founder/chairperson and some board members had during the first five years of establishment. All those dreams that have come true “he said”
At the end of the ceremony, WASSA management team and staff congratulated Dr. Nilofar Sakhi for her successful achievement of Doctoral Degree from George Mason University on a “public policy” course and wished her successful life ahead with more concentration on women empowerment in Afghanistan.