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Our Impact

Sustainable Change Starts with Women

In their own words and through their inspiring stories, women affected by war and conflict remind us of their strength and determination to overcome the most daunting challenges.

We reach out to women who are often left behind – those who struggle with poverty and violence, who are denied basic education and health care, and who suffer greatly from conflict. The women we serve tell us that through our programmes, they find new opportunities to strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities.

About our programme

Follow Aziza through our year-long training programme and find out what she learns.

Areas of impact

As each woman participates in our year-long programme, she works to strengthen herself across four critical areas of social and economic empowerment. Here are just a few of the many changes a sample of our graduates report seeing in their lives over three years:

Women earn and save money
Photo: Charles Lomodong

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.

What our graduates report: On average, women report daily personal earnings of $1.88 at graduation, compared to $1.01 at enrolment. 72% of women report saving a portion of their earnings upon graduation, compared to 54% at enrolment.

The Friends of Rights Association, Fatima, 60, with hand tumor, knitting
Photo: Rada Akbar

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.

What our graduates report: 89% of women at graduation report that they are involved in household family planning decision making, compared to 64% at enrolment.

Programme in Kosovo
Photo: Hazel Thompson

Women Influence Decisions in their Homes and Communities

Why it matters: Education on household issues allows women to better influence the decisions that affect their families.

What our graduates report: 69% of women at graduation report participating in household financial decision making, compared to 51% at enrolment.

Programme participants in Rwanda
Photo: Hazel Thompson

Women learn about their rights

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.

What our graduates report: The average score on a test measuring knowledge of human rights and violence against women is 74% at graduation, compared to 60% at enrolment.

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Country profiles

Our impact in Nigeria

Women report average personal earnings of $1.17 per day at graduation, compared to $0.43 at enrolment.

Nigeria

Our impact in Rwanda

Nearly 83% of participants report practising family planning at graduation, compared to 72% at enrollment.

Rwanda