Women for Women International
Player-supported charity Women for Women International is empowering women survivors of conflict
Women for Women International invests where inequality is greatest by helping women who are forgotten - women survivors of war and conflict.
Through the charity's Stronger Women, Stronger Nations Programme, women learn the skills they need to rebuild their families and communities. In Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan, women who join the programme connect with each other to form support networks. They learn to earn an income and save and gain knowledge and resources to care for their families and defend their rights. Women use their power together, passing it on to neighbours and their children for lasting change.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has invested in the power of over 500,000 women to use their voices and create a ripple effect that makes the world more equal, peaceful, and prosperous.
Currently, funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery is being used to empower 1,800 marginalised women in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, as they build stable futures after for themselves and their communities after the traumas of war.
During their 12 months of training, women will learn a vocational skill with earning power in their local market, such as agribusiness, tailoring or soap-making. They will be supported to form savings groups and start sustainable businesses to earn an income. The programme also teaches women about their health and rights, so they can make informed choices about their futures and stand up against injustice.
As well as greater financial security, graduates of the programme report increased self-confidence and decision-making power within their families and communities. This acts as a powerful catalyst for change. Women use their power to invest in girls' education, family health care, and growing businesses that strengthen local economies. They take on leadership roles in their communities to influence laws, policies and social norms.
Aime, a graduate of the Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, said,
"In our group, we bonded together and always support each other when it is comes to life challenges. We continue to meet on the 30th day of every month to discuss our progress. The main change I am proud of during my time in the programme is the fact that I am no longer 100% financially dependent on my husband and we make decisions together. As a mother of eight children, and five girls, I will ensure that they have a great education that I did not have, and that they are treated equally."
With players' support, many more women like Aime will have an opportunity to transform their lives and build sustainable pathways out of poverty and violence.