WAPHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit and independent organization founded by ZIEBA SHORISH-SHAMLEY, Ph. D.
Its main goal is to promote awareness of the tragic human rights situation in Afghanistan and to advocate for social, political, economic and civil rights of the Afghan women and girls in that country. Gross violation of basic human rights continues to occur in Afghanistan.
WAPHA purposes are:
To bring world’s attention to the plight of the Afghan people and the predicament of the forgotten Afghan women and children.
To promote peace and peace process activities both outside and inside Afghanistan.
To advocate human rights on behalf of the Afghan people with an emphasis on women and children's rights.
WAPHA is dedicated to fight for the Afghan women's rights. We raise public consciousness and keep the issues alive by speaking to magazines, newspapers, radio, television and others public sources. We participate and present papers in academic seminars and conferences. We organize demonstrations and write appeal letters to the United Nations, United States Congress, Department of States, the White House, international human rights organization and foreign governments who are involved in Afghanistan.
We have done research on the general condition of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan in January 1998. We have testified three times on behalf of the Afghan People to the United States congress. We have participated and presented papers at the Commission on the Status of Women meetings at the United Nations, New York City, NY, March 1998. We also participated, presented papers and worked with Women's Caucus for Gender Justice, at the International Criminal Court conferences both in New York City, in March 1998 and in Rome, June and July 1998.
On December 9-10, 1998 WAPHA joined the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations, New York City, NY. On December 10, 1998, the representative of WAPHA met with His Excellency Kofi Annan, Secretary General to the United Nations; Ms. Angela King, Assistant Secretary General and Special Adviser to Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the United Nations; and Mrs. Mary Robinson, the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In these meetings, Shorish-Shamley raised the Afghan issues such as war, human rights violations, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, aggression and others. She asked the United Nations for more action rather than rhetoric regarding the Afghan misery.
Our Internet contacts include hundreds of organizations in the world. We send news and keep the people of the world informed on the human rights violations in Afghanistan.