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Our impact in 2016

Our vision is to create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential. 

We serve women in conflict-affected countries, places where it is especially dangerous to be a woman, such as Afghanistan, Northern Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. In 2016, your support enabled Women for Women International to serve 31,342 women through our one-year programme which fosters women's empowerment and helps them to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. 

Key Outcomes

As each woman participates in our year-long programme, she works to strengthen herself across four critical areas of social and economic empowerment. Women for Women International surveys every woman in our programme at enrolment and again at graduation. The results show a dramatic improvement across a range of key indicators used to measure women's holistic well-being. Women make significant progress towards stability and self-sufficiency. Here are just a few of the many changes our graduates report seeing in their lives over the course of the programme.

1. Women Earn and Save Money:

Why it matters: Learning how to earn money, receiving a monthly stipend, and setting aside savings gives women the ability to provide for their family's needs and invest in a new future.

Average personal earnings

What our graduates report: Women say their earnings have grown – on average, women report monthly personal earnings of $32.19 at graduation, compared to $10.30 at enrolment.1



Save a portion of personal earnings

What our graduates report: More women are committed to their savings – on average, 87 percent of women report saving a portion of their personal earnings at graduation, compared to 34 percent at enrolment.1


2. Women Develop Health and Well-Being:

Why it matters: Basic health education and connecting with local care providers enables women to best protect their and their family's well-being.

Practise nutrition planning 

What our graduates report: More women say they practise nutrition planning - 99 percent report they practise nutrition planning at graduation, compared to 26 percent at enrolment.1



Practise family planning


What our graduates report: More women say they practise family planning - 87 percent report they practise family planning at graduation, compared to 30 percent at enrolment.1


3. Women Influence Decisions in their Homes and Communities:

Why it matters: Learning about the equal rights of women and men gives women greater confidence to raise their voices on the issues affecting their lives.

Participate in household financial decision-making

What our graduates report: More women say they participate in household financial decision-making – 87 percent report participating in these decisions at graduation, compared to 34 percent at enrolment.1



Run for a leadership position in the community 


What our graduates report: More women say they participate within the community – 12 percent report running for a leadership position at graduation, compared to 9 percent at enrolment.1


4. Women Create and Connect to Networks of Support:

Why it matters: Connecting with other women is a source of strength and provides new social and economic opportunities for growth.

Share information about their rights with other women

What our graduates report: More women say they share information about their rights with other women – 89 percent report educating another woman about their rights at graduation, compared to 10 percent at enrolment.1



Participate in a savings group


What our graduates report: More women say their participation in savings groups has grown – 63 percent report participating in a savings group at graduation, compared to 20 percent at enrolment.1


You can help us make 2017 even better by helping us reach more women! Join us in empowering women survivors of war and sponsor a woman through our year-long training programme.


1. This analysis includes a set of 6,048 participants who graduated from Women for Women International’s social and economic empowerment programme in 2016, representing approximately 35% of all 2016 graduates. Data are self-reported and are gathered on a geographically stratified sample of participants at enrolment and graduation. Only participants who were tracked and surveyed at both points are included in this analysis. We do not gather routine monitoring data from a comparison group. For the question on reported practice of family planning, we exclude the 28-31 percent of respondents who report family planning as being N/A to them at the time of the survey. Our Monitoring, Research, and Evaluation team is engaged in ongoing efforts to establish the effects of our programmes more definitively. For additional questions, please contact us at general@womenforwomen.org.