Friday, February 4, 2011

Women for Women International

Women for Women International works with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. Each woman we serve has her own story–some of loved ones murdered, and others of physical and emotional trauma. Most have endured a struggle for survival.
When we enroll women in our one-year program, they learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living. They come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, their communities and their nations and become leaders.

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

When women are enrolled in the WfWI program they are matched with a global network of sponsors who provide monthly financial assistance and emotional support.
  • Monthly financial contributions are small stipends allowing a woman to cover basic necessities for herself and her family.
  • Letters from sponsors provide an emotional lifeline to a woman who may have lost everything due to war or conflict and serve as motivation for rebuilding confidence, and perseverance needed to accomplish our programs' goals.
Learn more about sponsorship.

When we enroll women in our program, they learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living. They come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, communities and nations.
Equipped with job-skills training and basic business education, along with an awareness of their rights, women go on to become leaders in their communities, inspiring other women to follow in their steps. These two elements appear throughout WfWI's programming and help generate our programs' key outcomes:
  • Women sustain an income: Income and asset management
  • Women are well: Awareness, protection and prevention
  • Women are decision-makers: Family and community decision-making
  • Women have social networks and safety nets: Solidarity for support and protection
When these four key outcomes are met, women experience lasting change and are positioned to be active citizens. Active citizenship is a when a woman engages socially, civically and economically for the betterment of her family and community. As active citizens, woman can become leaders of community change that lead to peaceful and stable societies.
Our programs are organized into three stages as women increase their access to resources and knowledge:
  1. Creating Awareness: Improving women's access to knowledge about their value and the importance of women's rights and societal roles.
  2. Promoting Behavior Change: Encouraging a woman's willingness to actively make decisions in her family and community, apply knowledge to maintain physical and psychological wellness, to form or join women's and community groups and take advantage of economic opportunities.
  3. Enabling Action: Providing opportunities to develop personal and group plans for action to allow women to become active citizens individually and in solidarity with other women. In addition, women are provided with support and access to essential services such as microcredit loans, legal assistance, cooperative and employment opportunities and social networks.
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