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This Is Afghanistan

August 2018| Thomson Reuters Foundation

TRF published an article written by a Women for Women International staff about the difficulties of humanitarian work in the midst of war and conflict in Afghanistan .

The World's Breastfeeding Champ?

July 2018| Ozy

Ozy wrote about how Rwanda became the champion in rates of mothers breastfeeding their children. The feature story includes insight from Women for Women International's country director in Rwanda, Antoinette Uwimana.

Handicrafts Have Become Bread and Butter for Kayonza's Women

July 2018| The New Times

The New Times wrote about how learning handicrafts and other vocational skills through Women for Women International's program has allowed women in rural Rwanda to escape poverty. 

Why Justice for Noura Matters

June 2018| Council on Foreign Relations

Women for Women International's CEO Laurie Adams wrote about the urgent need for justice for Noura Hussein, a Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing her rapist in self-defense. 

Without Data Equality There Will Be No Gender Equality

June 2018| Women Deliver

An article by Women for Women International's Eva Noble about the importance of data equality in development and humanatarian work. 

Match Her Courage

May 2018| Seele Magazine

Women for Women International's Match Her Courage campaign and luncheon was featured on Seele Magazine.  

Investing in Women in Forgotten Conflicts

May 2018| Diplomatic Courier

The Diplomatic Courier wrote about Women for Women International's Match Her Courage Luncheon focused on women in conflict-affected and fragile countries. 

When Being a Woman Is More Dangerous than Being a Soldier

May 2018| Ms. Blog

Ms. Blog wrote an article about the difficulties women face in times of war and conflict and Women for Women International's efforts to help.

Kigali Marriot Female Staff Visit, Inspire Women in Kayonza

May 2018| Igihe

Igihe wrote about Women for Women International's work with impoverished women in Rwanda.

People Choosing Peace: Women around the World

April 2018| Peace News

Peace News wrote about some of the courageous women served by Women for Women International around the world.

#MeToo movement: Origins and Implications

March 2018| Voice of America

Women for Women International's CEO Laurie Adams spoke with VOA's The Encounter about the global issues of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence faced by women and how we can forge a future without it.

The Most Neglected Crisis of 2017

March 2018| Diplomatic Courier

Diplomatic Courier published an article written by Kathleen Campbell, our Vice President of Programs, on the Democratic Republic of Congo as the most neglected crisis of 2017.

NGO empowers 5,000 rural women

January 2018| News Agency Nigeria

Bukola Onyishi, the Country Director of WfWI Nigeria was interviewed by News Agency Nigeria about the success of the program in Plateau State in Nigeria.

Rwanda, A Success Story Of Women Empowerment

January 2018| Refinery 29 UK

Huffington Post has visited our program in Rwanda and tells the story of how Women for Women International has been helping women prosper since the genocide in 1994.

What It’s Really Like… Working For A Charity

January 2018| Refinery 29 UK

A look at why working for a charity such as Women for Women International is such rewarding work.

Women's Empowerment is Key to Poverty Eradication in Afghanistan

November 2017 | Central Asia Institute 

Central Asia Institute's Journey of Hope 2017 Magazine featured an article written by Women for Women International Vice President of Programs about the importance of women's empowerment for economic resilience in Afghanistan. 

Native Society Interviews with WfWI CEO Laurie Adams

November 2017 | Native Society

Native Society featured Women for Women International’s CEO Laurie Adams as a leading expert on women's rights issues. Read their interviews with Laurie Adams here and here

Member Profile: Oly Bracho, Women for Women International

November 2017 | Humentum

Humentum, also known as Inside NG0, featured WfWI’s Vice President of Finance and IT, Oly Bracho, about why she joined the organization and how she has contributed to creating systems in the organization.  

Four Ways to Support Women’s Rights If You Are a Student

October 2017 | Her Campus

Karena Phan, a former intern at Women for Women International, wrote about why young people are essential for realizing gender-equality around the world.

How #MeToo Has Awoken Women Around The World

October 2017 | US News and World Report

Andria Hayes-Birchler, director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning at Women for Women International spoke with US News and World Report about the many obstacles that prevent women survivors of sexualized violence and harassment from speaking up.

The Meaning of Sisterhood? Solidarity with Women around the World

September 2017 | The Pool

WfWI-UK Patron Dame Helen Mirren writes about what sisterhood and supporting a woman through Women for Women International's transformative program means to her. 

Women for Women International on Syrian women's access to healthcare

August 2017 | News Deeply

Mandana Hendessi, our director of Iraq and Syria reponse, spoke with News Deeply about the health needs of Syrian refugee women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Women for Women International in Love Our Girls Newsletter

July 2017 | Love Our Girls

We were featured in Love Our Girls, a newsletter by acclaimed actress and advocate Danai Gurira.

A School Project to Remember

June 2, 2017 | Girls' Globe

One of our youngest supporters, Isobel Mathews writes on why she supports women’s rights and Women for Women International.

Can Women Help Afghanistan Achieve Peace?

May 25, 2017 | Peace News

Women for Women International’s Vice President for Programs Kathleen Campbell spoke about the importance of women’s participation in peacebuilding in Afghanistan.

An Interview with Activist, World Traveler, and Women for Women International President Laurie Adams

May 19, 2017 | fbomb

Learn about the life and experiences that led Laurie Adams to WfWI.

The Struggles Of Afghan Women Go Well Beyond U.S. Bombs

April 25, 2017 | Bustle

Women for Women International President Laurie Adams spoke with Bustle about the impact of war on women in Afghanistan.

Global Dispatch Podcast Episode 148: Laurie Adams

April 24, 2017 | Global Dispatch

UN Dispatch's Mark Leon Goldberg speaks with Women for Women International President, Laurie Adams, about our work and her activism.

Women for Women International: Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives

April 11, 2017 |

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence and rape was used as a weapon of war. This left many lives in shambles.

Women for Women helps rebuild lives in war-torn communities

March 31, 2017 | Humanosphere

In war-torn countries across Africa and the Middle East, it is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier. International organization Women for Women International works to empower these women in an effort to rebuild their lives, families and communities.

Reaching the Furthest Behind First

September 11, 2016 | Huffington Post

A year ago, our world leaders committed to eradicate poverty by 2030, making a commitment in the Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’ and ‘reach the furthest behind first.’ This is precisely the population that Women for Women International aims to serve.

Three Ways We Can Help Refugees Move Forward

June 21, 2016 | Huffington Post

Highlighting Women for Women International’s work with Syrian and Yezidi refugees in northern Iraq, former CEO Jennifer Windsor argues that the need for security, economic opportunity, and psychosocial support is shared by all women who experience conflict and displacement. “Long-term displacement requires longer-term solutions that go beyond traditional forms of humanitarian assistance,” she says.

World Refugee Day: How Syrian and Yazidi women are rebuilding their lives after escaping Isis

June 19, 2016 | International Business Times UK

In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Women for Women International is connecting thousands of Yezidi and Syrian women with access to life skills and business skills training, psychosocial support, and assistance to set up their own businesses. “There is an awful lot of talent that needs to be nurtured,” says Mandana Hendessi, WfWI – Iraq Country Director. “They are not victims, they are entrepreneurs.”

A Galvanizing Moment for Women’s Rights

June 18, 2016 | Huffington Post

At the United State of Women Summit, leaders and advocates called for action to give survivors of violence a greater voice and to ensure their voices are heard. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor recognizes that while progress has been made, particularly when it comes to addressing sexual violence in conflict, more needs to be done as survivors too often suffer in silence.

The Most Important Outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit

May 25, 2016 | Huffington Post

On the heels of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor explains why developing comprehensive programs that meet women survivors of conflict where they are is a critical step toward women’s empowerment.

Standing Up for Our Mothers

May 6, 2016 | Huffington Post

Model and humanitarian Philomena Kwao discusses the challenges to maternal health facing women in developing and conflict-affected countries that claim the lives of 303,000 women each year. To address this global problem, she urges investing in women’s health knowledge and access to health care through organizations like Women for Women International.

With Cash And Skills Training, South Sudanese Women Carve Path To Food Security And Economic Empowerment

April 21, 2016 | World Food Programme

In South Sudan, 58-year-old Doruka Moriba grows cabbages, eggplants, tomatoes, and onions on a small farming plot she acquired while attending WfWI’s yearlong social and economic training program, supported by the World Food Programme. She went on to become a wholesale vegetables vendor, selling her crops to local markets around Yei. The income she generates from her business enables her to support her family’s needs.

Rwanda Genocide Anniversary: How Rwanda’s Women Rebuilt Their Country

April 6, 2016 | International Business Times

WfWI-Rwanda Country Director Antoinette Uwimana shares how women have led her country’s recovery since the genocide, and how WfWI’s programs have invested in women since 1997 to help them rebuild. For example, graduates of WfWI’s programs have begun cooperatives in the male-dominated field of beekeeping, and have provided income-generating opportunities to hundreds of women.

Amber Khan Discusses Experiences of Women Displaced by Conflict in Northern Iraq

March 17, 2016 | Al Hurra

In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Women for Women International has partnered with local women's organizations to help Syrian and Yezidi women refugees find safe spaces to heal and learn new income-generating skills. WfWI's former Senior Director of Communications Amber Khan explains how language and trade trainings are providing the women with the resources they need to overcome barriers and start over.

This Afghan Politician Draws From Hew Own Experiences to Fight for Women’s Rights

March 8, 2016 | ThinkProgress

In Afghanistan, Hosai Bayani has helped more than 200 women access shelters in Parwan, where she serves as a Provincial Council Member. Twice elected to her position, Bayani says her work to support women began when she was a trainer with Women for Women International.

Jennifer Windsor: on the power of connectivity

March 8, 2016 | Woman ChangeMAKER

On International Women’s Day, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares her perspective on working to help women marginalized by conflict and war rebuild their lives, as well as her own personal and career experiences that have marked her journey.

Abdoulaye Toure: A life dedicated to women’s empowerment

February 12, 2016 | Digital Journal

Sharing his experiences confronting gender inequality during his childhood, WfWI-DRC Country Director Abdoulaye Toure discusses how it inspired his lifelong passion to work for women’s empowerment. In the most insecure regions of the DRC, Toure and his team are working to provide social and economic empowerment training opportunities for women, and engage men to support women’s equality.

How Do People Live and Cope in the Midst of Violent Conflict?

February 11, 2016 | NPR’s TED Radio Hour

WfWI Founder Zainab Salbi discusses what it means to endure through violent conflict and the lessons she learned from her own life growing up in Iraq in the midst of war and from women survivors in WfWI’s programs. Sharing stories and anecdotes, Salbi explains how the women she has met find their own resistance to conflict, and the resilience and strength to help their families and children move forward.

Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet and How They Escaped an Honor Killing

January 22, 2016 | The Diane Rehm Show

WfWI’s Noorjahan Akbar joins Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and New York Times reporter and author Rod Nordland to discuss his new book The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet. Drawing from her personal experience, Akbar shares how women in Afghanistan are working to counter patriarchal norms and claim their own agency and power to make the choices that affect their lives.

FLOW 2016-2020 Selected Programmes

January 19, 2016 | FLOW

The Dutch government has awarded Women for Women International multi-year funding for programs in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria under its Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) program.

The Women Behind Leading Nonprofits: 16 Questions with Jennifer Windsor

January 13, 2016 | MBA@UNC Blog

Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor shares what inspires her about women around the world, and her thoughts on how women’s entrepreneurship and leadership can strengthen equality and create opportunity.

Women Build Pathways to Peace in South Sudan

January 12, 2016 | The Huffington Post

Despite widespread exclusion from formal peace processes, women in South Sudan are playing a critical role as peace-builders in local communities. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares how a recent peace-building training for WfWI graduates there has led to community outreach and awareness-raising campaigns to advocate for an end to violence and women’s contributions to peace.

Festive finds for foodie gifts 2015

December 10, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor

Women for Women International’s Gifts That Give Back campaign offers holiday gift donations to support its work helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives.

In Solidarity With Women, For Women

December 10, 2015 | Huffington Post

Model and humanitarian Philomena Kwao marks Human Rights Day by sharing how women are often denied their rights during conflict, and how Women for Women International’s model of investing in women leads to inspiring renewal and hope for survivors.

The Side of War That We Can’t Afford to Overlook Anymore

December 10, 2015 | Huffington Post

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, WfWI Founder Zainab Salbi shares how women are key to keeping life going during war. “Peace is not the ending of fighting only,” Salbi says. “Peace is actually the building of life.”

“I Thought Only Men Had Rights”

December 9, 2015 | Huffington Post

Knowing their rights is the foundation of women’s economic, political, and social empowerment, but too many women worldwide don’t even know they have basic human rights. For Human Rights Day, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares the transformative stories of three women who learned their rights for the first time, and the changes they were able to bring to their lives.

10 Incredible Nonprofits and the Women Behind Them

December 4, 2015 | Entrepreneur

Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor and Founder Zainab Salbi are celebrated for their visionary leadership helping more than 429,000 women in conflict-affected countries rebuild their lives over the past 22 years.

In Afghanistan, Investing in Women Inspires Change

November 30, 2015 | Huffington Post

Fatima, a leader of a women’s association in Kabul, Afghanistan, is helping women in her under-served community connect with opportunities to earn money to support her families. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor explains how investing in women like Fatima enables them to rebuild their families and communities after decades of war and instability.

When Women’s Rights Are Not Enough

October 20, 2015 | Huffington Post

Former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares how in countries where laws or local norms do not protect women’s rights, WfWI is training and sensitize men to build awareness and strengthen local voices to ensure women can access opportunities for social and economic empowerment.

How to Celebrate International Day of the Girl in 5 Powerful and Feminist Ways

October 12, 2015 | Bustle

On International Day of the Girl, Women for Women International will be sharing inspiring stories of women around the world who are creating a better future for their daughters.

Afghan Women a Year into Ghani Presidency

October 5, 2015 | Council on Foreign Relations

One year after Ashraf Ghani became President of Afghanistan, former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor reflects on how he and First Lady Rula Ghani have worked to include women at the highest levels of government. Yet the vast majority of women still face discrimination, violence, and human rights violations that require a holistic approach to create opportunities for women across the country.

Talking Gender Equality #2030NOW

September 30, 2015 | Global Moms Challenge

Women for Women International’s Amber Khan and actress Freida Pinto called on men to join the fight for gender equality during a panel discussion at the Social Good Summit on September 28. “We cannot move forward alone as women,” says Khan, sharing stories of how WfWI has trained men in communities where it works to understand and support women’s rights and empowerment.

South Salem Resident Returns to Bosnia

July 31, 2015 | Lewisboro Ledger

Women for Women International longtime supporter Tracy Craighead shares her experience participating in the 75-mile Bosnia Peace March to mark the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica and meeting women’s associations started by WfWI graduates who are supporting their families and raising their voices in their communities.

South Salem Resident to Participate in Peace March

July 9, 2015 | Lewisboro Ledger

Inspired to make a difference, longtime Women for Women International supporter Tracy Craighead prepares to join the Bosnia Peace March for the second time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica and reflects on her experiences during the March last year with her 14-year-old daughter.

Stitching Together Opportunities for Women

July 9, 2015 | KosovaLive

Despite limited economic opportunities for women in Kosovo, Women for Women International graduate Violeta Mulaj shares her success in opening up her own shop using the tailoring skills she developed in the yearlong program. Through its job placement office, WfWI-Kosovo has helped over 400 graduates connect with jobs at local businesses.

Rural Women Tipped on Economic Empowerment

June 27, 2015 | The New Times

With support from the Rwanda Ministry of Gender and Family Protection and mayor of Kayonza, Women for Women International hosted advanced trainings on economic empowerment for women to help them move out of poverty. Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor says that equipping rural women with business skills is not just about helping women, but also about strengthening the entire community.

The Plight of Syrian Women Refugees

April 21, 2015 | Arise News TV

Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi recounts the plight of Syrian women living in refugee camps in Northern Iraq.

Syrian Refugee Women Get Key Business Training

April 20, 2015 | Feature Story News

Through a partnership with Women’s Empowerment Organization, Women for Women International is helping Syrian refugee women and widows gain business skills and begin small businesses in northern Iraq.

Interview with Mandana Hendessi

April 2, 2015 | BBC Radio 4

Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi joins the Woman’s Hour to discuss how Syrian women refugees are starting small businesses in refugee camps in northern Iraq to provide for their families, with support from WfWI and local partner, Women’s Empowerment Organization.

Women for Women International Empowers Refugees by Teaching Them Business Skills

March 23, 2015 | WBEZ

Sharing insights from her recent visit with Syrian refugee women living in Northern Iraq, Women for Women International Regional Director Mandana Hendessi discusses how psychosocial support and business skill training supported by WfWI are helping women recover and provide for their families.

Celebrating the Power of Investing in Women

March 9, 2015 | Al Arabiya

As the Commission on the Status of Women begins in New York, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor calls on the international community to refocus on the most marginalized women impacted by conflict and to build their capacity to contribute to the growth and stability of their communities and countries.

Inspirational Women in Business and Politics

March 6, 2015 | CNBC

Celebrating the power of women, former WfWI CEO Jennifer L. Windsor shares the inspiration she finds in women who stand up to help their families and communities recover and rebuild from war and conflict.

Women Making News: ISIS, Delhi & India

March 5, 2015 | HuffPost Live

Women for Women International’s Amber Khan joins a panel discussion on how conflict around the world is impacting women and the need to invest in the most marginalized women in particular to enable them to access opportunities and play a greater role in strengthening their families and communities.

Rwanda: 100 Kayonza Women Get Culinary Skills

March 5, 2015 | The New Times

Former WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor attends a graduation ceremony in Kayonza District and celebrates 100 women who learned culinary skills during the program.

Meet Women for Women International’s Ngozi Eze

March 5, 2015 | Red Online

Women for Women International-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze shares the transformative effects of their work with marginalized women in her country, from enabling them to earn an income to provide for their children and families to helping them access health care services and information.

Women in Nigeria

February 25, 2015 | BBC Radio 4

Women for Women International-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze explains how WfWI’s programs in Nigeria are strengthening women and communities, bringing together Christian and Muslim women for educational training, and engaging men on issues such as violence against women, girls’ education, and women’s access to justice.

Empowering Women for Sustainable Development

February 2, 2015 | The New Times

Women for Women International is among the development partners that have worked together with the government of Rwanda to support the country's efforts to achieve the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Islamic State is Waging a Campaign of Executions Against Educated Iraqi Women

January 26, 2015 | Vice News

WfWI’s Amber Khan discusses how women in war can be targeted in a variety of ways.

Women and social media: ADMS highlights success stories

November 19, 2014 | Al Arabiya News

The ‘Wired Women’ panel, made up of prominent female entrepreneurs, discussed how sites like Facebook, Twitter and their international equivalents have boosted the careers of women in the Arab world and beyond.

VIDEO: The tools that entrepreneurs need

November 19, 2014 | WBT CNN

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses what entrepreneurs need to get off the ground.

It’s #TimeToAct: Why We Need to Put an End to Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 13, 2014 | Marie Claire UK

WfWI-UK’s Brita Fernandez Schmidt shares what actions are need to end sexual violence in conflict, drawing on the experiences of women graduates of WfWI’s programs.

Interview with Iliriana Jaka Gashi

June 13, 2014 | Sky News

At the close of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, WfWI-Kosovo’s Iliriana Gashi calls for greater efforts to involve survivors in developing solutions to this global challenge.

How Do We End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

June 10, 2014 | The Guardian

WfWI’s Country Directors from Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina join global women leaders and activists to share important strategies for ending sexual violence in conflict.

Violence against Women Is a Pandemic

May 31, 2014 | Today BBC Radio 4

WfWI-UK Executive Director Brita Fernandez Schmidt discusses the global prevalence of violence against women, particularly in conflict-affected countries, and the need to end impunity for such crimes.

Interview with Omoyele Sowore and Amber Khan

May 19, 2014 | The Tavis Smiley Show

WfWI’s Amber Khan discusses the importance of investing in education and strategies to empower women and girls to prevent violence against them, following the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.

Kidnapped Girls Still Missing in Nigeria

May 2, 2014 | WBEZ's Worldview

WfWI-Nigeria Country Director Ngozi Eze discusses the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria and the security threats women face across the country.

International Women’s Day Map

April 11, 2014 | Sky News

WfWI participants in Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kosovo share what their lives are like and how they are working to strengthen their families and communities.

15 Acts of Women’s Activism That Are Changing the World

March 8, 2014 | BuzzFeed

In Rwanda, graduates of WfWI’s program use their new skills in brickmaking to make half a million brick for a Women’s Opportunity Center that invests in marginalized women’s potential.

Inspire Change, Invest in Women

March 8, 2014 | Huffington Post

In celebration of International Women’s Day, WfWI’s former President and CEO Afshan Khan shares the opportunities that exist to invest in the untapped potential of women around the world.

Interview with WfWI-Bosnia Country Director Seida Saric

February 24, 2014 | Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4

WfWI’s Seida Saric shares how WfWI was founded during the Bosnian War, the experiences of women during the war, and the struggles they continue to face 20 years later.

At Every Stop, Drawing a Crowd

December 4, 2013 | The New York Times

At WfWI’s 20th anniversary gala, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about the importance of WfWI’s mission and the need to include women for real peace and security.

Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg on Why Empowering Women Boosts Families, Economy

December 4, 2013 | ABC News

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg call for greater gender equality as a way to build peaceful, thriving democracies at WfWI’s 20th anniversary gala.

Haircuts to Human Rights: The Charity Helping Women in War-torn Countries

December 3, 2013 | The Guardian

As Women for Women International marks its 20th anniversary, graduates of its program in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Kosovo, and South Sudan share their stories of transformation and hope.