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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, International Human Rights, International Peace & Security, Microfinance

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 Diane T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

does the CEO really have to pay herself $220,000 a year. I have to question this. Wouldn't most contributors like to set up an organization that pays themselves $220,000 annually? That allows for a more than adequate lifestyle.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I worked for Women for Women International for 9 months. I first work as an (unpaid) intern in the Sponsorship Department and then as Data Entry clerk. The Sponsorship Team consists of 4 paid employees and the brunt of the work falls on unpaid interns and volunteers. These unpaid workers are responsible for keeping track of and sending sponsorship packets (information about with whom sponsors are matched and updates on their "sisters") and forwarding correspondence between sponsors and the women they are sponsoring. There are not nearly enough employees to perform this work and the fact that this organization uses unpaid labor as a crutch to cut administrative costs is truly disappointing. Letters and photos between sponsors and their "sisters" pile up and those working and WFWI are told to SHRED these heartfelt letters and family photos when they have not been forwarded in time. It would be in Women for Women's best interest to invest in their workforce so they are not breaking their word to those who keep their organization running rather than paying their founder and CEO exhorbitant amounts of money and relying on unpaid labor to cover up their shoddy business practices. Following the internship I worked in Data Entry where the Director of our department avoided contact with the Data Entry clerks after we emailed asking for a meeting to discuss the fact that no one had been paid properly for overtime worked. The Director claimed she was "out of town" for a while (though we saw her in the office) and three months later we received flowers as opposed to the requested meeting. While I don't deny that women have been helped by this organization, I was appalled by what goes on behind the scenes and hope that Zainab Salbi will eventually spend more time at her headquarters so she can become aware of the issues faced by her employees.

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