What We Do: Helping Women Survivors of War Change Their World.

About Us

Women for Women International works with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. Each woman we serve has her own story–some of loved ones murdered, and others of physical and emotional trauma. Most have endured a struggle for survival.

Women who enroll in our one-year program learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living. They come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, their communities and their nations. They learn how to become leaders.

Women for Women International (WfWI) believes that lasting change can only be achieved when women have access to both knowledge and resources.

How It Works

Become: How Participants Transform Their Lives

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For a deeper understanding of how our program works and how its four modules help women transform their lives, check out Become, our online series of informative videos, infographics, research data and participant success stories. Learn More

When women are enrolled in the WfWI program they are matched with a global network of sponsors who provide monthly financial assistance and emotional support.

  • Monthly financial contributions are small stipends allowing a woman to cover basic necessities for herself and her family.
  • Letters from sponsors provide an emotional lifeline to a woman who may have lost everything due to war or conflict and serve as motivation for rebuilding confidence, and perseverance needed to accomplish our programs' goals.

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When we enroll women in our program, they learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living. They come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, communities and nations.

Equipped with job-skills training and basic business education, along with an awareness of their rights, women go on to become leaders in their communities, inspiring other women to follow in their steps. These two elements appear throughout WfWI's programming and help generate our programs' key outcomes:

  • Women sustain an income: Income and asset management
  • Women are well: Awareness, protection and prevention
  • Women are decision-makers: Family and community decision-making
  • Women have social networks and safety nets: Solidarity for support and protection

When these four key outcomes are met, women experience lasting change and are positioned to be active citizens. Active citizenship is when a woman engages socially, civically and economically for the betterment of her family and community. As active citizens, woman can become leaders of community change that lead to peaceful and stable societies.

Our programs are organized into three stages as women increase their access to resources and knowledge:

  1. Creating Awareness: Improving women's access to knowledge about their value and the importance of women's rights and societal roles.
  2. Promoting Behavior Change: Encouraging a woman's willingness to actively make decisions in her family and community, apply knowledge to maintain physical and psychological wellness, to form or join women's and community groups and take advantage of economic opportunities.
  3. Enabling Action: Providing opportunities to develop personal and group plans for action to allow women to become active citizens individually and in solidarity with other women. In addition, women are provided with support and access to essential services such as microcredit loans, legal assistance, cooperative and employment opportunities and social networks.

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Our founder, Zainab Salbi, has often said that women are the bellwether of society. Their well-being directly correlates to how society fares overall.

When women survivors of war participate in WfWI programs, the outcomes are beneficial to women and society as a whole:

  • Women are well. Access to affordable and accessible healthcare–as well as training in disease prevention–significantly reduces preventable deaths.
  • Women have a voice in family and community decisions. Studies show that women exercise greater decision-making power within their families when they are educated, earn a stable income and have access to resources such as land and credit.
  • Women contribute to economic stability. When women earn an income, they reinvest a much higher portion in their families and communities compared to men.
  • Women have networks and safety nets. As program participants, women learn the importance of working together. By working in groups, they also benefit from a support system and social networks.

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