Sunita Viswanath

Project Lead: Afghan Women Forward

About Me

Sunita Viswanath is a human rights activist. She is a co-founder of Women for Afghan Women (in 2001), where she previously served for 21 years in the capacity of Board Chair and donor. Women for Afghan Women grew to become the largest Afghan women’s organization with a focus on working with women survivors of domestic violence, women and children in prison, and mediating family conflict.

She also founded Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus (in 2011) and Hindus for Human Rights (in 2019). Ms. Viswanath is a recipient of Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Award (in 2011), a recipient of the White House Champion of Change Award in 2015, and one of Center for American Progress’ 21 “faith leaders to watch” in 2021. Sunita is an advisory board member of Unfreeze Afghanistan and traveled to Afghanistan in March 2022 as part of the American Women’s Delegation for Peace and Education.