Afghan refugee women deserve dignity

Muslim teen girlWith the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, refugees began fleeing the country. Those arriving in the United States are starting over and there is a great need for personal care items by women refugees. You can help by donating to our fall fundraiser benefiting I Support The Girls (ISTG). 

Refugees need to focus on resettlement, not menstrual needs

Through an international network of Affiliates, I Support The Girls (ISTG) collects and distributes essential items including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products, allowing women experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity. A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself (and her family) and her personal health. So far more than 550,000 girls and women worldwide have been able to retain their dignity through ISTG’s product drop-offs. 

Since Afghan refugees started arriving in the US, ISTG has donated nearly 50,000 items to organizations directly serving refugees in Denver, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and more. Donations include bras, underwear, pads, toys , masks, hand sanitizer, household and toiletry items. ISTG anticipates more than 30,000 Afghan women and girls will need supplies once all the families clear security screenings. We know that 1700 refugees are slated to settle in Washington State.  

How to give

You can join EUUC’s Advocates for Women in supporting Afghan women refugees by making a donation October 13 through November 2 to EUUC at and specify Advocates for Women (A4W). Or mail your check payable to EUUC and write “A4W” in the memo section.