Conflicts are fought not only on battlefields but within communities and on women’s bodies. Violence, instability, and poverty take their toll. That is why we focus on the physical and psychosocial wellbeing of the women in our program.
In groups of 25, women in our program join together to begin collective healing. Through trainings on relaxation therapy, hygiene, and nutrition, women are able to begin the healing within themselves and then share it with their families. In contexts where the trauma is more acute, such as with Yezidi survivors who escaped sexual slavery by ISIS, we partner with specialists who can provide professional trauma support and healing.
Why it matters: Basic health education and connecting with local care providers enables women to best protect their and their family's wellbeing.
What our graduates report: When asked about their knowledge of concepts around healthy practices, hygiene, and overall wellbeing before beginning the training, women scored as low as 60 percent, by graduation, women demonstrate improvements in their knowledge with average score increasing to 76 percent.
Through our program, women receive a stipend and learn vocational and business skills to earn their own income. In addition, associations and savings groups formed by Women for Women International help women expand their businesses.