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. The vision of SO is “The Organization SHUHADA strives 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 its mission is “Provision of services in the sectors of health, education, human rights, women’s empowerment and democracy”. The slogan of the organization is “Working for a Better Tomorrow”
SO was founded by Dr. Sima Samar the Chairperson of AIHRC and Mr. Abdul Rauf Naveed the current Executive Director of SO, in the year 1989 for addressing the total absence of reproductive health care for Afghan women and later on it expanded its activities to other areas of human rights, women empowerment, gender inclusion and democracy. SO has a democratic structure where Board of Directors (BoD) and Management Board are the high decision making bodies. SO have strategic commitments and partnerships with the existing national e.g. AIHRC, ACBAR and international organization. So has developed partnership with relevant line ministries for example Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health etc. and consider in its activities other national strategic documents like ANDS, MDGs etc.