Created in 2020 by the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS) in Kabul, Afghanistan, BISHNAW-WAWRA is a digital platform that captures the voices of women in real-time and on a diversity of issues. Reflected in its name, BISHNAW means listen in Dari and WAWRA in Pashto, and was developed with the goal of ensuring that the process of ‘listening’ to Afghan women is not seen as a one-off event but as an integral part of all national and international discussions on peace, security and development in Afghanistan.
Providing comprehensive and real-time understandings of the situation of Afghan women, BISHNAW combines a community-based approach with digital survey tools that capture the experiences and opinions of women in 19 provinces. Deploying Tele-Surveys, Shorthand Face-to-Face Surveys and Focus Group Discussions, BISHNAW takes a mixed methods approach to help facilitate the triangulation of its quantitative data with its focus group discussions giving texture to survey findings and painting a more comprehensive picture of the everyday realities women face in the country. Since its inception, the digital tool has carried out approximately 44,000 surveys covering a diversity of social, economic, humanitarian, security and political issues.
View our collection of resources, from articles to official reports, collated to provide policymakers and practitioners with important and up-to-date information on issues affecting women and girls in Afghanistan.
At the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS) we firmly believe that a strong policy-oriented research institute is vital for creating healthy environments in states undergoing transition from war-to-peace. With this in mind, DROPS was founded in 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, and established a branch in Canada in 2021, as an interdisciplinary and independent research-oriented non-governmental organization. Committed to strengthening the values of inclusivity and pluralism in Afghanistan, DROPS conducts evidence-based research that provide policymakers with alternative solutions to national issues.
In keeping with this belief, we argue that it is only through indigenous research that is bottom-up, locally rooted and representative of all voices in society, particularly women and girls can intellectual spaces be nourished to incites policy dialogue, public-private partnerships and good governance. Therefore, through its gender-segregated data, policy analyses, and specialized trainings in critical thinking and research methodology DROPS ensures that citizens remain at the center of all developmental efforts while enabling them to become the agents of change they want to see.
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