We could not complete our work on the ground without the efforts of our dedicated country directors. In eight war-torn and post-conflict nations in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia, our country directors provide the oversight to run our field offices and implement the programs that forever change the lives of women survivors of war.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Seida Saric was the first country director of Women for Women International in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first country director for any Women for Women International country program. She lived in besieged Sarajevo during the four years of war witnessing the most horrible atrocities. People's lives were shattered and destroyed, and Seida mustered the courage and decisiveness to risk her life for the greater good and well-being of her fellow citizens trapped in the city. Lacking basic necessities and under constant threat of attack, daily life became minute-by-minute for Seida and the people of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The sobering experience of war introduced Seida to the horrors human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another, and the fact that women were always the ones hurt the most in the crossfire. This presented ample inspiration for Seida to start introducing positive change into devastated lives. Education and creation of opportunities for women has always been at the core of Seida’s beliefs and values. She joined her strength and energy with the mission and vision of Women for Women International in 1998. Ever since, Seida and her team have managed to help over 50.000 women rebuild their lives and self-confidence through investing in their potential and education.
Seida is a frequent guest at seminars and conferences around the world and is a fervent advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Her portfolio of experience includes work in Care International and Save the Children and her educational background spans from engineering to business.Close
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Iliriana Jaka Gashi is a medical doctor with a masters degree in Management of Health Care Administration from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency, World Vision, French Embassy in Kosovo, World Bank, and the American International Health Alliance (AIHA). She was also a member of the Policy and Planning Committee in the Ministry of Health of Kosovo and is thrilled to be turning her efforts toward the active citizenship of women in Kosovo.Close
Ngozi Eze has been Women for Women International's country director in Nigeria since 2003 and has helped more than 30,000 women forge a future in a country ravaged by corruption and civil unrest. In 2005, Ngozi received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award for making a difference in the lives of thousands of survivors of civil conflict in her home country.
Under her leadership, Women for Women International-Nigeria has implemented a program of direct financial assistance, rights education, vocational skills training and income-generating opportunities. Ngozi has instituted specialized programs to educate women about HIV/AIDS and the harmful effects of some traditional practices, including female genital cutting and widowhood rituals. She also pioneered a men’s training program to sensitize community leaders to women’s rights. In the wake of increased community violence between Christian and Muslim communities in northern Nigeria, Ngozi launched joint training sessions to offer women from both religious backgrounds the opportunity to meet and rebuild their trust.
Ngozi has over 18 years of experience working in both private and public institutions on advancing the status of women and children through international development. Before coming to Women for Women International, she worked in Nigeria with a number of NGOs and private firms, including the Ohio African Trade office based in Lagos.Close