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September 2017 | The Pool
WfWI-UK Patron Dame Helen Mirren writes about what sisterhood and supporting a woman through Women for Women International's transformative program means to her.
August 2017 | News Deeply
Mandana Hendessi, our director of Iraq and Syria reponse, spoke with News Deeply about the health needs of Syrian refugee women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
July 2017 | Love Our Girls
We were featured in Love Our Girls, a newsletter by acclaimed actress and advocate Danai Gurira.
June 2, 2017 | Girls' Globe
One of our youngest supporters, Isobel Mathews writes on why she supports women’s rights and Women for Women International.
May 25, 2017 | Peace News
Women for Women International’s Vice President for Programs Kathleen Campbell spoke about the importance of women’s participation in peacebuilding in Afghanistan.
An Interview with Activist, World Traveler, and Women for Women International President Laurie Adams
May 19, 2017 | fbomb
Learn about the life and experiences that led Laurie Adams to WfWI.
April 25, 2017 | Bustle
Women for Women International President Laurie Adams spoke with Bustle about the impact of war on women in Afghanistan.
April 24, 2017 | Global Dispatch
UN Dispatch's Mark Leon Goldberg speaks with Women for Women International President, Laurie Adams, about our work and her activism.
April 11, 2017 | DatingAdvice.com
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence and rape was used as a weapon of war. This left many lives in shambles.
March 31, 2017 | Humanosphere
In war-torn countries across Africa and the Middle East, it is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier. International organization Women for Women International works to empower these women in an effort to rebuild their lives, families and communities.
September 11, 2016 | Huffington Post
A year ago, our world leaders committed to eradicate poverty by 2030, making a commitment in the Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’ and ‘reach the furthest behind first.’ This is precisely the population that Women for Women International aims to serve.
June 21, 2016 | Huffington Post
Highlighting Women for Women International’s work with Syrian and Yezidi refugees in northern Iraq, former CEO Jennifer Windsor argues that the need for security, economic opportunity, and psychosocial support is shared by all women who experience conflict and displacement. “Long-term displacement requires longer-term solutions that go beyond traditional forms of humanitarian assistance,” she says.
June 19, 2016 | International Business Times UK
In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Women for Women International is connecting thousands of Yezidi and Syrian women with access to life skills and business skills training, psychosocial support, and assistance to set up their own businesses. “There is an awful lot of talent that needs to be nurtured,” says Mandana Hendessi, WfWI – Iraq Country Director. “They are not victims, they are entrepreneurs.”
June 18, 2016 | Huffington Post
At the United State of Women Summit, leaders and advocates called for action to give survivors of violence a greater voice and to ensure their voices are heard. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor recognizes that while progress has been made, particularly when it comes to addressing sexual violence in conflict, more needs to be done as survivors too often suffer in silence.
May 25, 2016 | Huffington Post
On the heels of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor explains why developing comprehensive programs that meet women survivors of conflict where they are is a critical step toward women’s empowerment.
May 6, 2016 | Huffington Post
Model and humanitarian Philomena Kwao discusses the challenges to maternal health facing women in developing and conflict-affected countries that claim the lives of 303,000 women each year. To address this global problem, she urges investing in women’s health knowledge and access to health care through organizations like Women for Women International.
With Cash And Skills Training, South Sudanese Women Carve Path To Food Security And Economic Empowerment
April 21, 2016 | World Food Programme
In South Sudan, 58-year-old Doruka Moriba grows cabbages, eggplants, tomatoes, and onions on a small farming plot she acquired while attending WfWI’s yearlong social and economic training program, supported by the World Food Programme. She went on to become a wholesale vegetables vendor, selling her crops to local markets around Yei. The income she generates from her business enables her to support her family’s needs.
April 6, 2016 | International Business Times
WfWI-Rwanda Country Director Antoinette Uwimana shares how women have led her country’s recovery since the genocide, and how WfWI’s programs have invested in women since 1997 to help them rebuild. For example, graduates of WfWI’s programs have begun cooperatives in the male-dominated field of beekeeping, and have provided income-generating opportunities to hundreds of women.
March 17, 2016 | Al Hurra
In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Women for Women International has partnered with local women's organizations to help Syrian and Yezidi women refugees find safe spaces to heal and learn new income-generating skills. WfWI's former Senior Director of Communications Amber Khan explains how language and trade trainings are providing the women with the resources they need to overcome barriers and start over.
March 8, 2016 | ThinkProgress
In Afghanistan, Hosai Bayani has helped more than 200 women access shelters in Parwan, where she serves as a Provincial Council Member. Twice elected to her position, Bayani says her work to support women began when she was a trainer with Women for Women International.
March 8, 2016 | Woman ChangeMAKER
On International Women’s Day, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares her perspective on working to help women marginalized by conflict and war rebuild their lives, as well as her own personal and career experiences that have marked her journey.
February 12, 2016 | Digital Journal
Sharing his experiences confronting gender inequality during his childhood, WfWI-DRC Country Director Abdoulaye Toure discusses how it inspired his lifelong passion to work for women’s empowerment. In the most insecure regions of the DRC, Toure and his team are working to provide social and economic empowerment training opportunities for women, and engage men to support women’s equality.
February 11, 2016 | NPR’s TED Radio Hour
WfWI Founder Zainab Salbi discusses what it means to endure through violent conflict and the lessons she learned from her own life growing up in Iraq in the midst of war and from women survivors in WfWI’s programs. Sharing stories and anecdotes, Salbi explains how the women she has met find their own resistance to conflict, and the resilience and strength to help their families and children move forward.
January 22, 2016 | The Diane Rehm Show
WfWI’s Noorjahan Akbar joins Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and New York Times reporter and author Rod Nordland to discuss his new book The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet. Drawing from her personal experience, Akbar shares how women in Afghanistan are working to counter patriarchal norms and claim their own agency and power to make the choices that affect their lives.
January 19, 2016 | FLOW
The Dutch government has awarded Women for Women International multi-year funding for programs in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria under its Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) program.
January 13, 2016 | MBA@UNC Blog
Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor shares what inspires her about women around the world, and her thoughts on how women’s entrepreneurship and leadership can strengthen equality and create opportunity.
January 12, 2016 | The Huffington Post
Despite widespread exclusion from formal peace processes, women in South Sudan are playing a critical role as peace-builders in local communities. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares how a recent peace-building training for WfWI graduates there has led to community outreach and awareness-raising campaigns to advocate for an end to violence and women’s contributions to peace.
December 10, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor
Women for Women International’s Gifts That Give Back campaign offers holiday gift donations to support its work helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives.
December 10, 2015 | Huffington Post
Model and humanitarian Philomena Kwao marks Human Rights Day by sharing how women are often denied their rights during conflict, and how Women for Women International’s model of investing in women leads to inspiring renewal and hope for survivors.
December 10, 2015 | Huffington Post
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, WfWI Founder Zainab Salbi shares how women are key to keeping life going during war. “Peace is not the ending of fighting only,” Salbi says. “Peace is actually the building of life.”
December 9, 2015 | Huffington Post
Knowing their rights is the foundation of women’s economic, political, and social empowerment, but too many women worldwide don’t even know they have basic human rights. For Human Rights Day, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares the transformative stories of three women who learned their rights for the first time, and the changes they were able to bring to their lives.
December 4, 2015 | Entrepreneur
Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor and Founder Zainab Salbi are celebrated for their visionary leadership helping more than 429,000 women in conflict-affected countries rebuild their lives over the past 22 years.
November 30, 2015 | Huffington Post
Fatima, a leader of a women’s association in Kabul, Afghanistan, is helping women in her under-served community connect with opportunities to earn money to support her families. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor explains how investing in women like Fatima enables them to rebuild their families and communities after decades of war and instability.
October 20, 2015 | Huffington Post
Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares how in countries where laws or local norms do not protect women’s rights, WfWI is training and sensitize men to build awareness and strengthen local voices to ensure women can access opportunities for social and economic empowerment.
October 12, 2015 | Bustle
On International Day of the Girl, Women for Women International will be sharing inspiring stories of women around the world who are creating a better future for their daughters.
October 5, 2015 | Council on Foreign Relations
One year after Ashraf Ghani became President of Afghanistan, former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor reflects on how he and First Lady Rula Ghani have worked to include women at the highest levels of government. Yet the vast majority of women still face discrimination, violence, and human rights violations that require a holistic approach to create opportunities for women across the country.
September 30, 2015 | Global Moms Challenge
Women for Women International’s Amber Khan and actress Freida Pinto called on men to join the fight for gender equality during a panel discussion at the Social Good Summit on September 28. “We cannot move forward alone as women,” says Khan, sharing stories of how WfWI has trained men in communities where it works to understand and support women’s rights and empowerment.
July 31, 2015 | Lewisboro Ledger
Women for Women International longtime supporter Tracy Craighead shares her experience participating in the 75-mile Bosnia Peace March to mark the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica and meeting women’s associations started by WfWI graduates who are supporting their families and raising their voices in their communities.
July 9, 2015 | Lewisboro Ledger
Inspired to make a difference, longtime Women for Women International supporter Tracy Craighead prepares to join the Bosnia Peace March for the second time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica and reflects on her experiences during the March last year with her 14-year-old daughter.
July 9, 2015 | KosovaLive
Despite limited economic opportunities for women in Kosovo, Women for Women International graduate Violeta Mulaj shares her success in opening up her own shop using the tailoring skills she developed in the yearlong program. Through its job placement office, WfWI-Kosovo has helped over 400 graduates connect with jobs at local businesses.
June 27, 2015 | The New Times
With support from the Rwanda Ministry of Gender and Family Protection and mayor of Kayonza, Women for Women International hosted advanced trainings on economic empowerment for women to help them move out of poverty. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor says that equipping rural women with business skills is not just about helping women, but also about strengthening the entire community.
April 21, 2015 | Arise News TV
Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi recounts the plight of Syrian women living in refugee camps in Northern Iraq.
April 20, 2015 | Feature Story News
Through a partnership with Women’s Empowerment Organization, Women for Women International is helping Syrian refugee women and widows gain business skills and begin small businesses in northern Iraq.
April 2, 2015 | BBC Radio 4
Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi joins the Woman’s Hour to discuss how Syrian women refugees are starting small businesses in refugee camps in northern Iraq to provide for their families, with support from WfWI and local partner, Women’s Empowerment Organization.
March 23, 2015 | WBEZ
Sharing insights from her recent visit with Syrian refugee women living in Northern Iraq, Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi discusses how psychosocial support and business skill training supported by WfWI are helping women recover and provide for their families.
March 9, 2015 | Al Arabiya
As the Commission on the Status of Women begins in New York, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor calls on the international community to refocus on the most marginalized women impacted by conflict and to build their capacity to contribute to the growth and stability of their communities and countries.
March 6, 2015 | CNBC
Celebrating the power of women, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares the inspiration she finds in women who stand up to help their families and communities recover and rebuild from war and conflict.
March 5, 2015 | HuffPost Live
Women for Women International’s Amber Khan joins a panel discussion on how conflict around the world is impacting women and the need to invest in the most marginalized women in particular to enable them to access opportunities and play a greater role in strengthening their families and communities.
March 5, 2015 | The New Times
Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor attends a graduation ceremony in Kayonza District and celebrates 100 women who learned culinary skills during the program.
March 5, 2015 | Red Online
Women for Women International-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze shares the transformative effects of their work with marginalized women in her country, from enabling them to earn an income to provide for their children and families to helping them access health care services and information.
February 25, 2015 | BBC Radio 4
Women for Women International-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze explains how WfWI’s programs in Nigeria are strengthening women and communities, bringing together Christian and Muslim women for educational training, and engaging men on issues such as violence against women, girls’ education, and women’s access to justice.
February 2, 2015 | The New Times
Women for Women International is among the development partners that have worked together with the government of Rwanda to support the country's efforts to achieve the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
January 26, 2015 | Vice News
WfWI’s Amber Khan discusses how women in war can be targeted in a variety of ways.
November 19, 2014 | Al Arabiya News
The ‘Wired Women’ panel, made up of prominent female entrepreneurs, discussed how sites like Facebook, Twitter and their international equivalents have boosted the careers of women in the Arab world and beyond.
November 19, 2014 | WBT CNN
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses what entrepreneurs need to get off the ground.
June 13, 2014 | Marie Claire UK
WfWI-UK’s Brita Fernandez Schmidt shares what actions are need to end sexual violence in conflict, drawing on the experiences of women graduates of WfWI’s programs.
June 13, 2014 | Sky News
At the close of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, WfWI-Kosovo’s Iliriana Gashi calls for greater efforts to involve survivors in developing solutions to this global challenge.
June 10, 2014 | The Guardian
WfWI’s Country Directors from Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina join global women leaders and activists to share important strategies for ending sexual violence in conflict.
May 31, 2014 | Today BBC Radio 4
WfWI-UK Executive Director Brita Fernandez Schmidt discusses the global prevalence of violence against women, particularly in conflict-affected countries, and the need to end impunity for such crimes.
May 19, 2014 | The Tavis Smiley Show
WfWI’s Amber Khan discusses the importance of investing in education and strategies to empower women and girls to prevent violence against them, following the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.
May 2, 2014 | WBEZ's Worldview
WfWI-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze discusses the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria and the security threats women face across the country.
April 11, 2014 | Sky News
WfWI participants in Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kosovo share what their lives are like and how they are working to strengthen their families and communities.
March 8, 2014 | BuzzFeed
In Rwanda, graduates of WfWI’s program use their new skills in brickmaking to make half a million brick for a Women’s Opportunity Center that invests in marginalized women’s potential.
March 8, 2014 | Huffington Post
In celebration of International Women’s Day, WfWI’s former President and CEO Afshan Khan shares the opportunities that exist to invest in the untapped potential of women around the world.
February 24, 2014 | Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4
WfWI’s Seida Saric shares how WfWI was founded during the Bosnian War, the experiences of women during the war, and the struggles they continue to face 20 years later.
December 4, 2013 | The New York Times
At WfWI’s 20th anniversary gala, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about the importance of WfWI’s mission and the need to include women for real peace and security.
December 4, 2013 | ABC News
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg call for greater gender equality as a way to build peaceful, thriving democracies at WfWI’s 20th anniversary gala.
December 3, 2013 | The Guardian
As Women for Women International marks its 20th anniversary, graduates of its program in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Kosovo, and South Sudan share their stories of transformation and hope.