Women for Women International Supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)

Over 447,000 women served across eight conflict-affected countries since 1993.

All data presented on this page reflecting the well-being of women graduates of WfWI's holistic program were collected through follow-up surveys two years after their graduation from the program and reflect sustained levels of development and well-being post-intervention.1

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. In 2015, the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) providing economic and social development training and support, ending poverty, eradicating hunger, improving health, promoting equitable economic growth, ensuring education for all, and supporting inclusive, peaceful societies. Women for Women International proudly support the SDGs. Our work with marginalized women living in conflict-affected areas directly contributes to this ambitious agenda.

The preamble to the 2030 Agenda states, "We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."

WfWI is focused on reaching the furthest behind first, providing economic and social development training that empowers women to earn and save money, live healthier lives, participate in decision making their homes and communities, and connect with other women in strength and solidarity.

WfWI's work directly aligns with SDG goal #5 to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. However, we believe women are central to every one of the SDGs. Discover how our work drives progress toward the SDGs of ending poverty, eradicating hunger, improving health, promoting equitable economic growth, ensuring education for all, and supporting inclusive, peaceful societies.


Please click on each of the symbols below to read about how our work contributes towards seven key SDGs.

This longitudinal data analysis tracks a set of 2,574 participants who graduated from Women for Women International's social and economic empowerment program between October 2011 and July 2012, representing approximately 8% of all graduates from this period. Data are self-reported and are gathered on a geographically stratified sample of participants at enrollment and two years post-graduation. Only participants who were tracked and surveyed at enrollment, graduation and two years post-graduation are included in this analysis, which represent 49% of the target sample that was randomly selected for follow-up surveys. We do not collect routine monitoring data from a comparison group. This dataset of outcomes two years post-graduation was cleaned and analyzed in 2015. For the question on reported practice of family planning, we exclude the 10%-30% of respondents who report family planning as being N/A to them at the time of the survey. Our Monitoring, Research, and Evaluation team is engaged in ongoing efforts to establish the effects of our programs more definitively. For additional questions, please contact us at general@womenforwomen.org.

2. Calculated at current exchange rates, not corrected for purchasing power parity (PPP).

Women for Women International's recommendations for ending sexual violence in conflict.


We call on governments to ensure international laws are upheld and implemented to protect women in war and conflict zones.


We recognise that all survivors of sexual violence in conflict have a right to be heard. Their voices must influence decisions that affect their futures and they are entitled to justice for the abuse they have survived.

The 'Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict' report presents Women for Women International's recommendations, based on evidence from our programmes and experience from working with more than 447,000 marginalised women survivors since 1993. 

"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Dr Nina Burrowes is a psychologist who helps people understand the psychology of sexual abuse - why it happens, what the impact is, and how we can reduce the prevalence.

She's the author of 'The courage to be me' an illustrated book about life after abuse;  'Eyes open to sexual abuse. What every parent needs to know'; the creator of the YouTube series 'Sexual abuse. The questions you've never had the chance to ask'; and part of the team behind The Clear Lines Festival - the UK's first festival exploring sexual assault and consent.

Hannah is a 20-something influencer and vlogger. She makes weekly videos on her YouTube channel, where she delves into the trivial and the controversial. Hannah talks about a whole host of topics such as sex, feminism, books, film & TV and travel. She likes to spread positive messages to young people about sex, relationships, body image, gender & sexuality.

Emma Riggs is a 33 year old newly qualified primary school teacher. She lives in Leeds with her boyfriend of nine years and young son.

After being stalked and raped by her former partner, Emma decided to take part in restorative justice, a process which allowed her to meet her attacker and make him understand the impact of his actions. For Emma, the experience allowed her to regain control and move on with her life.

Date: Tuesday 1st November

Time: 7pm

Women for Women International is launching the #SheInspiresMe Sessions.

We will bring together women and men with big opinions and a big reach to debate the key issues facing women today. 

Our first ever #SheInspiresMe Session, on the topic of sexual violence, will be live-streamed on Facebook at 7pm on Tuesday 1st November. Sign up to the Sisterhood to receive the live-stream details. 

Antoinette serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Rwanda, where she manages programmes that have served more than 73,000 women since 1997.

Mrs Antoinette Uwimana is a Governance and Public Health expert with demonstrated experience in Project Management, Decentralization and Health Governance, Sanitation and Hygiene, Capacity Building and Community Development.