Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America
New York Times, February 27, 2011Naheed Bahram, the chief case manager at Women for Afghan Women — a decade-old advocacy organization based in Fresh Meadows, Queens, where many Afghans have settled — said that as recently as five years ago, the center knew of only two cases of domestic abuse. As the community’s trust in the group has grown, that number has risen: about 35 battered women sought help last year.
Ms. Bahram said she suspected that most of the 300 or so women the center serves with classes and counseling had suffered domestic violence but were still afraid to report it. “We’ve had clients who have been living like that for 16 to 17 years,” said Ms. Bahram, an Afghan immigrant herself.
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WAW NY is a home away from home for Afghan women. It is a safe space for the women from this community, where their needs are the priority. Most women who frequent the Center live in Queens, although Afghan women from Long Island and other NYC boroughs also participate in our programs. The programs we offer are designed to respond to the needs and challenges of Afghan women living in New York, and to protect their rights.
We conduct our work in the context of the Afghan community, respecting Afghan traditions and practices, and celebrating Afghan culture. All our programs have a core message and purpose: securing, protecting and advancing women's human rights.
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Women for Afghan Women
158-24 73rd Ave.
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
The Center is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Friday and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.