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International Women’s Day 2024: Invest in women: Accelerate Progress.

As we approach International Women’s Day – March 8 – the global call to action resonates louder than ever: “Invest in women: Accelerate Progress.” This year’s theme reinforces the critical role that women play in driving change across our society. Through recognizing, supporting and investing in women’s education, health and economic empowerment, and leadership, we

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Challenges Persist in Afghanistan

In the Kushkak village in Afghanistan, 42-year-old Guljan lived a simple life with her husband and their four children, including her daughter-in-law. In recent years, her husband grappled with debilitating leg pain, rendering him unable to work and placing the burden of financial support on Guljan and her sons. Despite facing economic hardships and managing

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Food Security Concerns in Afghanistan

An estimated 28.3 million Afghans (two-thirds of the population) need humanitarian assistance. The crisis is being driven by three consecutive years of drought-like conditions, crippling economic decline since the Taliban takeover in 2021, and decades of conflict and recurrent natural disasters.  As a result, Afghanistan is among the countries facing the highest levels of food

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Fleeing Home: Am Salama’s Journey 

Am Salama fondly reminisces about the life she and her family led before the war struck.  Earlier in 2023, a political crisis unfolded in Sudan, and tensions flared, triggering a widespread exodus of people toward South Sudan and neighbouring countries. Many families were forced to abandon their once-thriving lives in pursuit of safety. At 35

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Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza 

As Palestine and Israel are mired in violence and suffering, PWS&D is prepared to respond to the humanitarian needs. The ongoing hostilities have created a humanitarian crisis, with homes, schools, medical facilities and crucial infrastructure having been extensively damaged or destroyed. The conflict has led to a significant mass displacement—1.4 million out of Gaza’s 2.2

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