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Violence Against Women


Violence against women is endemic across the world.

 Violence has severe consequences for survivors that can stop them from reaching their full potential. The women we serve are extremely vulnerable to all forms of violence.


What is Violence Against Women?

Violence against women is a fundamental barrier to women’s empowerment.

There are multiple forms of violence against women, including physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence. Economic violence is often defined as controlling, exploiting or sabotaging an individual’s access to and use of economic resources (including employment).

Experiences of violence are rarely isolated and often intertwine across and throughout women’s lives. For example, physical or emotional violence by a partner can restrict women’s freedom of movement and discourage them from working. Similarly, the physical and psychological impacts of violence can isolate women and make them more vulnerable to abuse.

Violence Against Women in Conflict

Violence against women is rooted in gender inequality.

Whilst all women are vulnerable to violence, factors such as poverty and conflict, as well as other attributes such as disability, ethnicity, and sexual orientation can increase women’s vulnerability.

In conflict, women’s vulnerability to all forms of violence increases. Whilst less commented on, intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence in conflict.

Our Commitment

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A couple from Nigeria present their Women for Women International graduation certificates for both the Men's Engagement program and the year-long program for women survivors of war. Photo: Monilekan

We are committed to preventing all forms of violence against women by promoting positive changes in women’s homes and communities and tackling harmful social norms that perpetuate gender inequality and violence. Our year-long program, as well as our men’s engagement and advocacy programs, are key to supporting such changes.

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Women's Opportunity Center - crafting handmade goods
We are thrilled to offer exquisite hand-crafted creations by women in our Rwanda program! From bright foldable tote bags to one-of-a-kind bracelets, every purchase supports talented women survivors of war on their path to self-reliance.