Mission: In countries affected by conflict and war, women for women international (women for women) 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, women are then able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.
Programs: Training and related programs - the year-long training programs foster awareness and understanding of women's rights; provide critical information on key health and wellness issues; offer vocational and business skills training; provide access to income generation support; and encourage women to take active decision making roles in the family and participate in their communities. Combined with the provision of a monthly training stipend, this holistic training package and safe group learning setting helps women restart their lives in ways that are independent, productive and secure. Participants may also be linked with a sponsor.
media, communications and outreach - the media, communications, and outreach program (the program) cultivates relationships with allied organizations, partners, and media outlets to raise awareness about the critical development needs of marginalized women survivors of war and conflict and to bring attention to their resilience and the important progress and impact of the training programs in eight countries. The program employs outreach strategies to increase awareness and educate audiences about key issues including the critical role social empowerment plays in advancing women's economic and political empowerment around the globe. The program's public education and outreach efforts seek to build support and awareness for the work through a variety of strategic activities including: supporting executive communications, initiating engagement campaigns on social media, publishing monthly digital newsletters, and convening special events and meetings. In addition, the program produces materials and publishes reports that provide updates and in-depth analysis on the opportunities and strategies for increasing positive outcomes for women. The publications include: annual reports, country briefs, and issue papers, in addition to digital updates on the website. Through online, offline, and engagement activities, the program strives to inform and educate the public and current supporters about the important development gains and progress that can be attained by investing in women. Engaging program participants and graduates to share their stories, the program brings inspiring evidence and powerful messages from women empowered to improve their lives, their families, and their communities. Collectively, the program's efforts seek to underscore the important role of holistic training programs, increase support for international development approaches that serve women, and increase awareness about the need to adopt policies that empower women in the rebuilding of countries and regions impacted by war and conflict.
Women for Women International is a fantastic organization. I really appreciate the opportunity of supporting vulnerable women suffering from poverty and violence. What I receive back, being informed about the progress of my sisters or receiving their letters, is so amazing. My small contribution is just a drop in an ocean however it is fantastic to realize that many drops actually form an ocean.
I loved the premise of W4WI. I sponsored a woman in DRC 6 months ago. The website says that I sponsor 0 women, although my credit card is charged the agreed $30 per month. I received one email with a woman's name and no other updates. I have emaiied and left phone messages and cannot make contact with anyone to stop my sponsorship. I was excited about supporting a woman and having a way to communicate with her, but this has not happened unfortunately.
I have sponsored 6 sisters in war-torn countries since 2006, and have corresponded with all of them. W4W sends me information about them and their countries, and sends me an exit summary when each woman completes her year of training and group participation. This past year they have begun creating centers so the women can continue to participate beyond their initial year. I have also read the founder's autobiography. She is clearly an amazing human being, dedicating her life to strengthening women who have been scarred by war in 8 countries around the globe. The focus is on helping women heal from their emotional wounds, strengthen their ability to work together in community, advocate for their rights, and earn income for their families. The group has received some impressive awards over the years, and tons of recognition for its work.