I want to tell you about a project I’ve been involved with, Women for Women International. This is a fantastic charity that does incredible work for the most marginalised women in war torn societies.
This video will tell you more about the charity and how I got involved in it.
In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalised 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 utilising skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.
Over the course of a year, women come together in classes of 25 to learn critical skills and access new resources. With a curriculum that meets them where they are, women begin their journey to achieve these four outcomes:
Earn and save money – Women learn basic business skills and a vocational skill with earning power in their local markets. They begin to save and receive support to establish cooperatives after graduation.
Develop health and well-being – Women learn how to manage their health, including reproductive health and stress management. They also learn about the importance of good hygiene and nutrition for their families. They are connected with local healthcare providers.
Influence decisions in their homes and communities – Women learn their fundamental rights and those recognised in their countries, and are encouraged to educate other women. They learn the importance of civic participation, voting, and negotiation.
Connect to networks for support and advocacy – Women build support networks. They share ideas and resources, invest in business together, and help each other find solutions to common challenges.
How it all started....
Read about Zainab and her incredible story and about why she started up Women for Women International.