Women Empowered, Inc. - Afghanistan (WE-Afghanistan) was established in Massachusetts in 2013, with the aim of implementing projects in Afghanistan (and eventually in other post-conflict countries in the region) relating to humanitarian post-conflict development and the promotion of women's rights.
The mission of Women Empowered, Inc. - Afghanistan is to promote peace, democracy and human rights in Afghanistan by advancing women's rights, girls' education, and gender equality.
WE-Afghanistan was founded and is currently directed by Humayun Sarabi, who has extensive experience in the fields of peace, democracy, and human rights in Afghanistan, including women's rights and gender equality. Mr. Sarabi was born in Afghanistan and raised in a refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan. Despite the hardships he faced, he graduated from high school and was awarded a scholarship to attend a private Pakistani university. In 2003, he received another scholarship - this time to study at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States.
After completing his Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, Mr. Sarabi was hired by the U.S.-based Act Now Children's Fund (“ANCF”) to open offices for the organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan. As Senior Program Manager and Acting Country Director for ANCF in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Sarabi designed and initiated projects to promote women’s rights and health and education. His work there stopped abruptly, however, when the Taliban attacked ANCF’s offices and staff, and ANCF decided to shut down the offices.
Mr. Sarabi then undertook further studies in women’s rights, receiving a joint degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Disaster Response from Ruhr-Universität Germany and University College Dublin, Ireland. He submitted his thesis, on the violation of women's rights in Afghanistan, to the European Union. As a result, he received a scholarship in 2010 to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was awarded both a Mason Fellowship and Ash Democracy Fellowship to research newly democratic states, including Afghanistan.
This past year, he started his own organization to support equal rights for women in Afghanistan and promote democracy through education and legal awareness. In addition to English, he is fluent in Dari, Urdu and Pashto - the languages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr. Sarabi has served on the board of directors for numerous Afghan non-governmental organizations.
• The US office (in Boston) primarily undertakes fundraising and will supervises and monitors the country and field offices in Afghanistan. We are located at 12 Wellesley St, Medford, MA02155. Tel: +1 617-401-1169
• The main office in Afghanistan
is in Kabul, with possible further expansion to other provinces in Afghanistan. Currently, we are located at;
House 319, Street 1, Karte 3, District 6, Kabul Afghanistan. Tel: +93 786 505505