SDGs

Women for Women International Supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).  We have served 447,000 women across eight conflict-affected countries since 1993. All data presented on this page reflecting the well-being of women graduates of WfWI's holistic program were collected through follow-up surveys two years after their graduation from the program and reflect sustained levels of development and well-being post-intervention.

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. In 2015, the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) providing economic and social development training and support, ending poverty, eradicating hunger, improving health, promoting equitable economic growth, ensuring education for all, and supporting inclusive, peaceful societies. Women for Women International proudly support the SDGs. Our work with marginalized women living in conflict-affected areas directly contributes to this ambitious agenda.

The preamble to the 2030 Agenda states, "We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."

WfWI is focused on reaching the furthest behind first, providing economic and social development training that empowers women to earn and save money, live healthier lives, participate in decision making their homes and communities, and connect with other women in strength and solidarity.

WfWI's work directly aligns with SDG goal #5 to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. However, we believe women are central to every one of the SDGs. Discover how our work drives progress toward the SDGs of ending poverty, eradicating hunger, improving health, promoting equitable economic growth, ensuring education for all, and supporting inclusive, peaceful societies.

SDG5: Gender Equality
Self Advocacy

94% of women graduates report having knowledge of their rights, compared to 25% at enrollment.

Community Knowledge

The share of Afghan men who believe a woman should tolerate violence to keep her family together falls from 80% to 20% after participation in our Men's Engagement Program (MEP).

Positive Change

39% of Afghan MEP graduates report having taken action to share information with their community about the effects of violence against women, compared to 15% at enrollment.

SDG1: End Poverty
Earnings

48% of women graduates report earning at least $1.25 per day, compared to 6% at enrollment.2

Savings

91% of women graduates report saving a portion of their earnings, compared to 19% at enrollment.

Growth

69% of women graduates report using savings cycles to save, compared to 12% at enrollment.

SDG16: Peaceful, Inclusive Societies
Community Organizing

69% of women graduates report organizing community actions in the prior 12 months compared to 11% at enrollment.

Leadership

27% of women graduates report running for a leadership role in the prior 12 months, compared to 4% at enrollment.

Financial Equity

91% of women graduates report participating in household financial decision-making.

SDG3: Ensure Healthy Lives
Reproductive Health

1% of women graduates report practicing family planning, compared to 24% at enrollment.

Wellness

96% of women graduates report having knowledge of stress management, compared to 19% of enrollment.

Hygiene and Self Care

99% of women graduates report having knowledge of hygiene, compared to 44% at enrollment.

Diet and Nutrition

97% of women graduates report practicing nutritional planning, compared to 34% at enrollment.

SDG4: Quality Education for All
Numeracy

24% of program participants report no numeracy skills at enrollment; only 4% report no skills two years after graduation, many of whom receive our targeted numeracy trainings.

Gender Gap

The gap between the share of school-aged boys in school and share of school-aged girls in school under the care of our women graduates falls from 14 percentage points to zero.

SDG2: End Hunger
Food Security

Just 8% of women graduates report having worried about food running out in the prior 3 months, compared to 44% at enrollment.

Sustainability

29% of program participants reported using their WfWI stipend to buy food for their families.

SDG8: Economic Growth
Employment

84% of women graduates report being self-employed or employed, compared to 56% at enrollment.

Income Generation

73% of women graduates report using their new vocational skills to earn an income.

Community Impact

24% of women graduates report being part of a marketing cooperative/business group, compared to 6% at enrollment.

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