Conflict

Edita Veseli, a Life Skills manager for WfWI-Kosovo, shares the story of how women in the program inspire her and each other.

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Sabina had completed elementary school and two years of high school when war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was never able to return and finish her education. “I was always ashamed because of this,” she says.

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Three years ago, WfWI Ambassador Amanda Ulrich began a journey to raise support and awareness for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She shares who inspired her to begin this work, and how she has stayed motivated through difficult times.

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Lisa Shannon, the founder of Run for Congo Women, shares how one woman in DRC inspires her with her courage, humanity, and determination to defy the odds.

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Visiting the communities that WfWI works with, I know that the women I meet are not the ones who want to focus on their ethnic differences. They want to focus on the future.

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“When a woman in our program has the courage to tell her Life Skills trainer ‘I have been raped,’ we refer her to Panzi Hospital,” explains WfWI – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Acting Country Director

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I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood. When I was six years old, my brother lost a dog-fighting match and started fighting with my cousin which led to my cousin’s death.

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I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died. I was very sad and even angry to have stopped going to school, but I had no choice as my mother was sick and I had to work to support her.

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Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job. “I was left to care for my four children with no income.

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For Valbona, the war in Kosovo destroyed everything she and her family had.

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