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.
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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Jun 2, 2014

Meet Azada

Meet Azada - Afghanistan

Azada was 14 when her father asked her to marry a cousin of hers; hoping, as is common in some forms of Islam, that a relative would treat her better than a stranger. It wasn’t the case.

Azada had two daughters with her husband, and wondered how she’d ever be able to escape his abuse. Finally her father agreed she should divorce, and she lived with him in Pakistan, performing difficult and low-paying labor to survive, until the Taliban fell in 2001.

Upon her return to Kabul with hter family, Azada enrolled in Women for Women International’s sponsorship program and learned to cut semi-precious stones for jewelry. Now she teaches other women the skills she acquired with Women for Women International. Her most prized possession is her certificate of employment. “I never thought that I would have the opportunity to support myself without a man,” Azada says. “Now... I am doing it!”

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