Around the globe women face barriers to equality whether that be fighting for pay equity or fighting sexual and gender-based violence even in their own home.
These barriers become even more extreme for women and girls who live in deep poverty and/ or in conflict-affected countries. We’ve witnessed this quite deeply over the last year in Sudan, Afghanistan, and now in Ukraine. And these are just the stories that have come across mainstream media and our news feeds.
Because of this we wanted to highlight an organization called Women For Women International. This is an organization that was founded in 1993 and “has invested in the power of over 500,000 women who are forgotten – the women survivors of war and conflict – to learn the skills they need to rebuild their families and communities.”
Their vision is to “create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential.” They do this by meeting the women where they are, connecting them with each other, resources, and support.
Their programs include education and training for women through their “Stronger Women, Stronger Nations” program, Graduate Support, Community Advocacy, and Men’s Engagement. They’re currently working in Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Iraq, Rwanda, and South Sudan as well as continuing their Global Policy & Advocacy to influence policy and practices around the world.
In addition to this amazing work, they have a Conflict Response Fund that is currently focused on Myanmar, Syria, Tigray, Ethiopia, and in light of recent events, Ukraine.
If you would like to learn more or to discover ways you can help, please check out their website or click the button below if you’d like to donate to their Conflict Response Fund.