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Our impact - KRI

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Our Impact in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Since 2015, through working with local partners, we have helped to train over 1,200 women in income generation, business skills and women’s rights as well as providing free access to vital trauma counseling.

We have gained critical knowledge about their context and needs and have now opened a Women for Women International office in the KRI and started enrolling women in our one-year programme.

TODAY, THERE ARE OVER 3 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE ACROSS IRAQ, AS WELL AS MORE THAN 200,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE HOSTED IN THE KURDISTAN REGION OF IRAQ (KRI) – WHERE 1 IN 4 PEOPLE IS A REFUGEE OR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON.

We are working to empower the most marginalised and vulnerable women in the KRI. These include women uprooted from their homes by conflict, as well as local women from Kurdish host communities – which are some of the poorest in the KRI.

Across communities and religions, the testimonies of the women we serve reveal daunting realities. Many are in financial crisis – rising costs have exhausted their limited savings and assets, and women lack marketable skills and resources to earn an income. Many bear the psychological scars of horrific violence and rights abuses, including rape and torture, in addition to the traumatic loss of homes and loved ones.

Our programme will provide women with vital skills, knowledge and resources to create sustainable change in the four key areas of health and well-being, livelihoods and saving, rights and decision-making, and support networks.

Hairdressing class/demonstration at Warvin
Hairdressing class/demonstration at Warvin's training centre in Baharka, Erbil

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.

Photo: Alison Baskerville
Photo: Alison Baskerville

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.

Photo: Alison Baskerville
Photo: Alison Baskerville

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.

Photo: Alison Baskerville
Photo: Alison Baskerville

WOMEN CREATE AND CONNECT TO NETWORKS FOR SUPPORT

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

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Seve and her family. Photo: Alison Baskerville
Photo: Alison Baskerville

Engaging Men

We are also working to engage the men in these communities as partners and allies in women’s social and economic empowerment.

By targeting male relatives, religious, and community leaders, Women for Women International is facilitating critical dialogues that are changing discriminatory attitudes and behaviours toward women.