Who we are?

Shuhada organization is a non-profit and independent civil society organization. The organization is committed to the welfare and advancement of Afghan citizens, with a particular emphasis on the empowerment of women and children.

Our Partners


“Provision of good quality services in the health, education, and women economic empowerment sectors. To this end, SO has a common slogan which says “working for a better tomorrow”.


“The SO vision is to strive to see an aware, prosperous and healthy society in Afghanistan through providing high quality services in line with the principles of rule of law, social justice, peace and non-discrimination.”



Dr. Sima Samar

Mr. Abdul Rauf Naveed

Our Team

Female (65)
Male (128)
Total (193)
Intern (3)
Volunteer (3)

Our Board of Trustee

Dr. Najibullah Arshad

Dean of Economics Faculty (Kateb University)

Dr. Ibne Amin

Health Advisor (Ministry of Public Health)

Professor Abdul Hamid Layan

Dean of Engineering Faculty (Abu Raihan Institute of Higher Education)

Mohammad Fahim Hakimi

General Executive Director (Shuhada Organization)

Dr. Mohammad Naim Danish

Medical Doctor (Isteqlal Hospital)

Abdul Majid Majidi

Finance and Administrative Vice Chancellor (Gawharshad University)

Dr. Bakhtawar Farzana Danish

Medical Doctor (Rayan Danish Hospital)

Our History

The Shuhada Organization (SO) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and independent civil society organization dedicated to the welfare and progress of Afghan citizens with a primary focus on the empowerment of women and children.

Our vision is “to see an aware, prosperous, and healthy society in Afghanistan where quality social services are provided based on the principles of democracy, rule of law, social justice, peace and non-discrimination” and our mission is “to provide good quality services in the sectors of health, education, human rights, women’s empowerment and democracy.” The slogan of our organization is “Working for a Better Tomorrow.”

SO was founded in 1989 by Dr. Sima Samar, the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), and Mr. Abdul Rauf Naveed, who is the current Executive Director of SO,  with the aim of  addressing the total absence of reproductive health care for Afghan women. Later on it expanded its activities to other areas of human rights, including women’s empowerment, gender inclusion and democracy. SO has a democratic structure where the Board of Directors (BoD) and Management Board are the decision-making bodies. SO has strategic commitments and partnerships with existing national organizations such as AIHRC and the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) as well as several international organizations. SO has developed partnerships with relevant ministries including the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health. In all of its activities it takes care to consider national strategic documents such as the Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).