Women for Women International invests where inequality is greatest. We help women survivors of war who are too often forgotten or ignored to rebuild their lives, their families and their communities.
When war and insecurity take hold, women face an increased risk of violence, poverty and inequality. Intimate partner violence increases, and systematic rape and sexual violence is used as a weapon of war to terrorise and destroy communities. While men often stay to fight, women are most likely to flee with their children, leaving them displaced and at risk of trafficking and poverty. They are then the ones left to rebuild after war and to raise their family alone, despite the fact that in many countries we work in, women have not completed their education, lack access to economic resources and previously been excluded from decision-making.
In Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan, women on our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme learn the skills they need to rebuild their families and communities. They form support networks, learn marketable job skills and about saving their income, and gain knowledge and resources about health and their rights.
Since 1993, we have invested in the power of over 531,498 women – and we have seen the ripple effect of change they have made by using their voices to create a more equal, peaceful and prosperous world.