Partner Spotlight: Women for Women International (WfWI)

More than 65 million people have been displaced worldwide due to conflict and persecution; 20 million people in Africa are facing the threat of famine; and 2 billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. With nearly 25 years of on-the-ground experience working with women in countries affected by conflict, Women for Women International (WfWI) understands that a program addressing empowerment of marginalized women is not only the right thing to do, but also the key to rebuilding communities devastated by conflict and war.

 Founded in 1993, WfWI has served more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict with the support of individuals, corporate and foundation donors, partners, and governments.

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Through a transformative yearlong program, WfWI equips women with vocational, business and numeracy skills and teaches them about their rights and well-being. They also provide additional support for women to start cooperatives, associations, and village savings and loan associations so they can continue to be connected to networks of support and grow their small businesses. WfWI’s holistic program doesn’t address only economic or social empowerment, rather it treats women as they were, whole human beings with many facets in their lives. This is why women who go through the WfWI program learn about their health, including family planning and stress management, and about their fundamental human rights.

“I engaged other women in the community to help them understand the need for clean water, and we agreed to clean the well and also use water purifiers like chlorine and water guard in our homes for drinking water.” Regina (Women for Women International graduate).

Women for Women International Integrated Training Module

Since 2002, WfWI has also trained men so that they can become allies and champions in the struggle for women’s empowerment. WfWI’s men’s engagement program has reached more than 20 thousand men.

“There are places where women being involved has made a difference, and what we have to do is to raise up organizations like Women for Women International that are really on the frontlines, and do everything we can to institutionalize that.” Secretary Clinton said, during the Women for Women International’s 2017 annual Luncheon.