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What we do

What we do

Since 1993, Women for Women International has been helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives and choose their own futures - so far, we have helped more than 462,000 marginalised women in 8 countries affected by war and conflict.

Our work

Empowering women to reach their full potential

Women for Women International helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. We have over 20 years of on-the-ground experience working with women in countries affected by conflict.

Our programme

Our year-long programme equips women to earn money, regain their confidence and actively participate in their communities

When a woman joins the programme, she comes together with 24 other women, forming a tight support group that helps to break the isolation caused by war and insecurity.

She learns a marketable job skill - such as tailoring, bread-making or poultry-keeping, as well as business training to turn her chosen skill into a stable income so she can support herself and her family. She can begin to save her money, too, and receives support to establish cooperatives, associations, or village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) so she and other women in her community can make the most of their earnings.

She also learns practical knowledge about her health, including reproductive health, stress management and the importance of good hygiene and nutrition so she can protect herself and her family from preventable disease. We make sure she is connected to local healthcare providers.

She also learns about her rights on key issues like voting, access to land, divorce, custody of her children and domestic abuse. Once she learns her rights she is empowered and equipped to stand up for them and can share her knowledge with others in her community.

Programme graduates weaving baskets at the Women
Photo: Alison Wright

After Graduation

Once women have completed our year-long training, we continue to support their economic empowerment by connecting them to financial services, advanced business and vocational trainings, and support networks to increase their ability to earn, save, and access capital.

By inducing long-term change we hope to make a difference for generations to come.

Photo: Charles Atiki Lomodong
Photo: Charles Atiki Lomodong

Our work in context

Find out more about the issues women survivors of war face and how we are working together to create sustainable change for women, their families and their communities.

Women for Women International project working in the agricultural co-op farm in Muhango, Rwanda. Photo Credit: Alison Wright

Where we operate

Learn more about the countries where we serve marginalised women survivors of war.

Country Offices

Since 2002, Women for Women International - Afghanistan has served more than 109,000 women through our year-long programme.

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Since 2004, Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of Congo has served more than 91,000 women through our year-long programme.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

In response to the ongoing crisis in the region, Women for Women International is working with local organisations in the KRI to support Syrian and Yezidi women who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of war and conflict.

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Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Since 2000, Women for Women International – Nigeria has served more than 60,000 women through our year-long programme in Enugu and Plateau states.

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Since 1997, Women for Women International – Rwanda has served more than 75,000 women through our year-long programme.

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Between 2006 and 2016, Women for Women International – South Sudan served more than 15,000 women through our year-long programme.

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South Sudan

Affiliate Offices

From 1993 to 2015, Women for Women International served nearly 62,000 women in Bosnia and Herzegovina across 50 communities of various ethnicities.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since 1999, Women for Women International – Kosovo has served more than 33,000 women through our yearlong programme.

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Meet Zarghuna

"One of my friends told me about Women for Women International and how it provided training for women. That’s when I learned that I wasn’t alone in my suffering."

Our Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

Download our 2016 Annual Report

Download our 2016 annual report and accounts.