One year ago the Taliban seized power over Afghanistan. Since then,  the people of Afghanistan, who overwhelmingly and bravely oppose the regime, have been subjected to a reign of terror which has seen nearly 50% of the population on the verge of starvation, widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, detentions and torture of citizens, and a near total loss of rights for women and girls, including a ban on attending school for girls over the age of 12. Human Rights Watch has called the situation “the most serious women’s rights crisis in the world today.”

Take action. Spread awareness. Call on the Government of Canada to act.

#EducationIsARight #LetAfghanGirlsLearn

Denied the Human Right to Education

Advocating for Girls' Education in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the only country in the world to officially bar girls from education. The Taliban’s system of gender apartheid is denying girls over the age of 12 the right to an education. This repression is causing serious harm to a generation of girls, exposing them to risk of early marriage, spiraling poverty, a rise in poor health outcomes, increased risk of gender-based violence, and much more.

Aligned with the Day of the Girl 2022, we continue to advocate for Afghan girls to access the human right to education. We must continue to press the international community to act with urgency in defense of their rights.

Sign the Petition: Help save the lives of Afghans who worked for Canada

Sign our Lead Now petition today and help us call on IRCC, Minister Fraser, and Prime Minister Trudeau to consider the calls of Canadian civil society to extend the Special Immigration Measures (SIM) program by a further 12 months with a new, additional allocation of spaces to allow a maximum number of vulnerable Afghans who have supported Canada and who do not have the means to access other pathways, to reach safety in Canada. 

#sosSIM #SaveTheSIM #CanadasLeftBehind

Why is this Important?

Afghanistan under the Taliban is an extremely unsafe environment, with large scale human rights violations including arbitrary arrest and disappearances happening daily. Those most at risk include the men and women who supported Canada’s work and values in the country, including in the areas of human rights, gender equality, democratization and press freedom.

During last year’s election campaign, the Liberal Party promised to Canadian voters and to those Afghans who have supported us when we needed them, that they would safely resettle 40,000 Afghans. Canada must not abandon Afghan allies before that promise is fulfilled

Reports suggest that closure of the SIM program is imminent. This decision would leave thousands of our allies vulnerable to Taliban violence and retribution, and risk further loss of the values we worked so hard to promote over 20 years in Afghanistan.

The numbers committed are in addition to existing
spots for Government Sponsored Refugees, and for those fleeing conflict in Ukraine, for which other pathways have been established. Canada has the capacity to fulfill its promise, and Canadians stand ready to welcome and support Afghans who worked to advance our values of inclusion, democracy and equality globally.

Take Action: Send a Letter to the IRCC

Join us in taking action. Send a letter to Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at minister@cic.gc.ca

Download our letter template to share our recommendations. 

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We encourage you to share our posts on social media and help advocate for Afghan girls using the hashtag #LetAfghanGirlsLearn.

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In The News

In The News: ‘We Can’t Close The Door On Canada’s Left Behind In Afghanistan’

CW4WAfghan’s Executive Director, Dr. Lauryn Oates, recently published an article in The Hill Times entitled ‘We can’t close the door on Canada’s left behind in Afghanistan’. The article looks at Canada’s commitment to assisting Afghans reach safety, nearly one year into the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

In the article, Dr. Oates emphasizes the message that “If Canada is committed to people’s right to live free from tyranny, then it must be committed to this for all people.

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In The News: Canada No Longer Accepting Applicants For Special Afghan Immigration Program

The federal government is quietly shuttering the Special Immigration Measures program to bring over Afghans who worked with Canada during the war. Watch CBC News’ latest video which features Dr. Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of CW4WAfghan. The video discusses the issue of Afghans who could be left behind, and the danger facing them.