Women for Women International

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.
Aug 13, 2014

South Sudan's Current Economic and Food Crisis

South Sudan is currently facing a serious economic and food security crisis.  An estimated 4 million people are in urgent need of food.  While most large scale humanitarian relief efforts are focused on bringing food into the country, Women for Women International (WfWI) is on the ground teaching women how to make their own. WfWI is raising critical funds for training tools like brick wood-burning ovens in our South Sudan country offices.  Your donation will give program participants the chance to learn the skills and access the tools they need to start bakeries that provide food for their communities and a source of income for their families.

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. For over 20 years, WfWI has helped more than 407,000 women in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.

WfWI's yearlong program provides women in conflict-affected areas with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can transform their lives. In WfWI's South Sudan country office, program participants receive job-skills training in bakery. Participants trained in bakery are not only learning how to prepare bread, mandazi, and doughnuts, but also how to effectively market and sell their goods. Donate today and give these women the tools they need to create a better future for themselves and their families. 

 

Thanks,

WfWI Web Team

Jul 2, 2014

Meet Sadije

Sadije, her husband and their four children had a normal life on a small farm until the war reached their town. Soldiers terrorized the population, and Sadije fled to the mountains with her children. She lived there for months, separated from her husband, unsure if he was alive or dead.

When the war was over, Sadije was reunited with her husband. They returned with their traumatized children to a ruined home and fields, and no prospects for supporting their family.

Sadije enrolled with Women for Women International and received rights-awareness training and small business management courses. Now, Sadije no longer attends our meetings—she runs them. As a community leader, she holds programs in her own home. Women travel miles on foot just to hear her speak.

Sadije says, "I feel so good. My life has changed so much. I am so happy to work with the women that I don't ever get tired. Thank you to the people who have helped me so much."

Women for Women International (WfWI) believes that lasting change can only be achieved when women have access to both knowledge and resources.

Jun 2, 2014

Nigeria Staff Urge #BringBackOurGirls

WfWI Nigerian Country Director Ngozi Eze calls for global action on social media to #BringBackOurGirls and ensure that the young women and girls kidnapped in Borno state are safely returned.

“On behalf of the 50,000 women graduates of our programs, we need your continued support and work to help bring back our girls.  Join the global campaign to raise awareness by tweeting a message of support using #BringBackOurGirls, share this blog on Facebook, and sign up for email updates from WfWI.

Our hearts are heavy with grief for the families of the young women and girls kidnapped. Together, we echo their calls for global action to ensure their daughters are safely returned home.

Everyone in Nigeria has been affected in some way by the brazen kidnapping. While our training programs in Nigeria do not operate near Chibok in the Borno state, we are deeply frustrated that the young women and girls have not been rescued and remain extremely vulnerable to exploitation, rape and violence.

The escalating threats of violence arrive at a moment in our nation when we see growing support for educating girls and boys. Across cultural and religious lines, we see a greater recognition that empowering and educating women and girls is a key to sustaining the long-term peace and promoting economic growth and political stability.

During these difficult times, we are committed to continuing our mission to help the most marginalized women in Nigeria strengthen their families and communities.  The kidnapping of these young women and girls represents a form of terror designed to frighten and discourage families from educating their children.

Educating girls and women is fundamental to rebuilding a strong and stable Nigeria, the security and ability to protect girls and women from violence is a key challenge that we must all embrace as we seek to build a peaceful and secure nation.

Since 2000, we have graduated over 51,000 women from our education and support programs. At Women for Women International we see the impact of this work — our graduates who at the time of enrollment earn on average $0.29 per day, two years after graduating, their income increases 10-fold to nearly $2.90 per day.

Our graduates are transforming their families and communities. They inspire changes as they increase their families’ income, access health education and services, learn and share knowledge about their rights, and find support networks to amplify their voices and calls for justice.”

 

For more insights, listen to Ngozi discuss the situation on NPR Affiliate WBEZ’s “Worldview” here.

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