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Conflict Response Fund

 

Women in war-torn countries bear the brunt of both poverty and conflict. Women for Women International strives to support them by responding to conflict when we are most needed and can make the most impact. 

By 2030, The World Bank forecasts that 50 percent of those living in poverty will be in fragile and conflict-affected states, up from 17 percent currently. What is required in these contexts is sustainable investment in women to help them rebuild societies from the ground up. This is where Women for Women International excels. 

Conflict response, usually launched through partnerships with local organizations, is a fundamental part of our DNA. In the Balkans, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Afghanistan partnerships led us to establish our programs. In 2017, after two years of partnerships, we opened our country office in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to support women impacted by conflict in Iraq and Syria, including Yezidi women persecuted by ISIS. In Bauchi State, Nigeria, we started up new activities to serve women displaced by conflict—many fleeing Boko Haram’s violence.

In 2018, we launched a new Conflict Response Fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time.

The Conflict Response Fund allows us to be agile and flexible and innovative with our delivery. In times of volatility and crisis, entering immediately with all components of our integrated program is not possible.  With this Fund, we can quickly initiate activities with a local partner to respond to urgent, unmet needs of women survivors of war.  For example, we just launched activities in one of the largest refugee camps in the world in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, to support young Rohingya women with vocational skills training to help them develop a livelihood and earn an income. 

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Conflict Response Countries

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 operating in: 

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Yemen
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Bangladesh

Yemen 

The civil war in Yemen has left millions of its people displaced - and 76 percent of them are women and children.  

We've partnered with local organization Yemen Women's Union to raise awareness of gender-based violence and provide psychological support for women who have experienced GBV. Together, we hope to help women heal from the trauma of gender-based violence through psychosocial support to provide a space and group for them to share experiences and recover together.  

Within the community, Yemen Women's Union will help form protection committees and hold awareness sessions that educate the community about gender-based violence and highlight support programs for survivors.  

Bangladesh 

The violent, genocidal actions of Myanmar’s military have forced over 700,000 Rohingya people across the border of Bangladesh into makeshift communities, made up of mostly women and children. According to UN women, almost every Rohingya refugee woman and girl has either survived or witnessed violence, much of it gender-based violence.  

With local NGO Research, Training, and Management International, we are investing in the women and girls who will be the future of the Rohingya community by providing them with training in useful skills that allow them to start small businesses or find paid work.  

Through "community mobilization meetings" with Rohingya youth, we are showing why investing in women and girls' job skills is key to rebuilding Rohingya communities. Local leaders help host events to help women and girls overcome social norms and traditional practices that limit their participation in society by demonstrating they can be drivers of change. 

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Your monthly gift of $35 provides a woman with skills to support her family and creates sustainable change.