Women's empowerment

The celebrated Baghdad-born architect - and first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize - explains why she feels so strongly about the need to support and empower vulnerable women.

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Graduation marks an important milestone for the women in our programs, as they celebrate all they have accomplished together over the past year with determination and resilience. 

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Longtime WfWI supporter Lauri Pastrone and her 15-year-old daughter Giovanna participated in the 3-day, 75-miles Bosnia Peace March this past July to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

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On my recent visit to Bosnia to take part in the annual Peace March remembering the Srebrenica genocide, I was also able to visit a few of the

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Inspired to make a difference, longtime WfWI supporter Tracy Craighead joined the Bosnia Peace March last month to support women survivors of war and honor those killed in the Srebrenica genocide 20 years ago.

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On my recent visit to Bosnia to take part in the annual Peace March remembering the Srebrenica genocide, I was also able to visit a few of the over 30 women’s association that have been set up by some of the 35

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Violeta Mulaj meticulously flipped through her portfolio booklet of handicrafts and tailoring works. An old sewing table and machine sat in the corner, and its creations hung from every spare space and ledge.

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Violeta Mulaj meticulously flipped through her portfolio booklet of handicrafts and tailoring works. An old sewing table and machine sat in the corner, and its creations hung from every spare space and ledge.

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The Dasht-e-Barchi women’s sewing group meets every week in one of the members’ homes. Each of the women comes bringing a plastic carrier bag filled with cloth, beads, and spools of thread.

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With practical business and numeracy skills, as well as marketable vocational skill (like tailoring or embroidery), women can begin to generate vital additional income for their families. 

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