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Conflict Response Fund

 

Working with local partners to respond to the critical needs of women survivors of war.

Around the world, more countries are experiencing some form of violent conflict than at any other time in the last 30 years. From Afghanistan to Syria, Nigeria to Yemen, women suffer the most in a conflict. They are forced to flee their homes to escape violence and routinely face the threat of sexual violence in the form of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery. Increasingly, women and girls are targeted by the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war.  

We believe that stronger women build stronger nations, and that with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, one woman can transform her life, her family, her community, and even the world. 

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Women for Women International primarily serves women survivors of conflict and war in eight countries where we’ve established dedicated offices and staff to deliver our year-long Stronger Women, Stronger Nations program.  

We also recognize women need immediate support when caught in the midst of conflict.  

In 2018, we launched our Conflict Respond Fund in order to act quickly and invest in women in emerging conflict zones around the world. Through a non-partisan approach and responsive grants, Women for Women International is able to track crises in real time, identify credible partners on the ground and allocate resources to meet the urgent needs of women survivors, no matter what side of a conflict they are on.

Together, with the local expertise of our partners and our decades of experience using a women-centered holistic approach, we help women rebuild their lives by providing:
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SAFE SPACES

Dedicated, safer spaces for women to gather

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GBV PREVENTION

Gender-based violence counseling and prevention strategies

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COUNSELING

trauma-informed care and counseling  

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EDUCATION

Vocational training and education

“I’ve always had a passion for technology and dreams of working to provide for myself and my family. But as a 25-year-old Syrian woman far from home and living in a camp, it was difficult.”  

– Amra, a graduate of CRF-funded vocational training

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Conflict Response Fund Partners

Our work is far from over. Together with your help, we stand poised to engage and start supporting women survivors of war in new conflict-affected countries that urgently need our help.

Currently, we are working with partners in Syria, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Ukraine.

Ukraine

In partnership with Berginia and HumanDoc Foundation in Poland, we are working to provide holistic and comprehensive care to women and children evacuated from Mariupol. Through these local partners, we are working to provide critical services such as dedicated, safer spaces for women to gather; medical care including psychological and gynecological consultations with doctors; gender-based violence counseling and prevention strategies, trauma-informed care and psychosocial support, and legal assistance. Read the latest on our Ukraine emergency response.

Myanmar

Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar were chased from their homes by the army and allied militias in 2017. Through our Conflict Response Fund, we’re partnering with the Center for Social Integrity, to support Rohingya women and adolescent girls who remain in Myanmar access literacy, numeracy, and life skills. Learn more.

Ethiopia

More than two million people are estimated to have been forced from their homes and thousands killed in a civil war that broke out in Ethiopia in November 2020, when government troops entered the region of Tigray. There have been widespread reports of human rights abuses, including the use of rape as a weapon of war.  

Through our Conflict Response Fund, Women for Women International works with Agar Ethiopia Charitable Society, Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development, and Mums for Mums, supporting survivors of sexual violence and war in Ethiopia. These organizations work with women and girl survivors to provide sexual and gender-based violence services and empower their futures. Learn more.

Syria

In partnership with Women Now for Development, we are investing in opportunities for Syrian women and girls to rebuild their lives. To date, 417 Syrian women and girls have accessed educational and health resources, gained vocational skills to become self-sufficient and created social networks through CRF-funded safe spaces. Read how, through the Conflict Response Fund, Amra was able to pursue her passion for technology and start her own business. Learn more.

 

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Your donation will help provide Ukrainian war survivors a safe space for rehabilitation as well as medical care that includes psychological and gynecological consultations with doctors.