On the fifth anniversary of the Yezidi genocide, survivors struggle with their new reality. Many of the women who were raped are now forced to abandon their children to be able to return to their communities. We work with a local partner, @freeyezidifoundation to provide support and counselling for women who have survived the unimaginable. “Many of these women will have children – they are called the ‘children of Isis’ – which is damaging. Just think for a moment what that does to those children. Women have to choose between living a life of utter stigma or a life of utter isolation,” shared our @womenforwomenuk Executive Director @BritaFS in @the.independent. Read the full story – link in our bio.
Today marks one year since the World Health Organization declared an #Ebola outbreak in the #DRC and it’s taken more than 1,800 lives. It’s a grim reality that continues to threaten the health and well-being of the women we serve in Bukavu-- preparing them to prevent the spread of the deadly disease is our priority. Read more, link in bio.
Today is #FriendshipDay! Tag your friends👇 who keep you inspired and let them know what a difference they make in your life! ❤️ #SheInspiresMe Thank you @reesewitherspoon for sharing these inspiring words from @amypoehlersmartgirls 🙏. #MondayMotivation #quoteoftheday #quotes #inspiration #instaquote #inspiringwomen #friends #bestfriends
“My favorite part of the day is morning, waking up and going to work – because you cannot sustain yourself without your work.” - Shamimu, Rwanda Helping women to empower themselves through work gets us one step closer to creating a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential. #MotivationMonday #WomensEmpowerment #SelfSufficient
Friendship can heal us. When a woman joins our core program, she comes together with 24 other women. The support group they form helps break the isolation caused by war and insecurity. Click the link in bio to learn more about our work. #WomensEmpowerment #StrongerWomenStrongerNations
This year, we’ve set our sights on enrolling 15,000 new women into our program. Right now, we’re halfway through the year and nearly halfway to our goal with still so many more women who want and need these important social and economic empowerment skills – and we had to turn them away. We want to help every single one of them learn to support their families and businesses, but we need your help. Click the link in bio to help transform the lives of 15,000 women before the year ends. #WomensEmpowerment #StrongerWomenStrongerNations
“With the knowledge and skills I received during my [social and economic empowerment] training, I can now easily keep track of my expenses and I have also adopted a saving culture.” Usaina is one of 198 women graduates from our very first class in Bauchi, a conflict-affected state in northern Nigeria. Usaina’s story serves as proof of our work and its impact on the women we serve. Read the full blog, link in bio. #SelfSufficient #WomensEmpowerment #StrongerWomenStrongerNations
In case you missed it, we took part in @women_deliver’s 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada this past June. We were thrilled to share the stage with @oxfamamerica, IPSOS, @crw_org, @WorldVision, and @medadotorg during our session on Shifting Social Norms for Women's Economic Empowerment. Read #TheSEEPNetwork's blog to learn more about the 7 major takeaways from the session, link in bio.
Nambam used to sell second-hand clothing to earn money. After joining our program, she learned how to raise and sell pigs as her vocational skill. She now plans to use what she has learned to help other women like herself: “I will give some of the piglets to other women. I want to help them the way I have been helped.” #SheInspiresMe #WomensEmpowerment
Through our economic empowerment program, participants pick a skill to learn, such as tailoring, and how to use it to gain stable income to support themselves and find #FinancialIndependence Learn more about our economic empowerment program, link in bio.
The success and accomplishments of the participants in our program are what fuel our vision: to create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives & reach their full potential. #MondayMotivation #WomensEmpowerment
Jeanine, one of our program participants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lost her parents when she was a child and was adopted by her father's brother. One day when working on the farm she was raped by armed men in front of her uncle. Her family disowned her, leaving pregnant with the child of her rapist – and all alone. "The pain I carried during those nine months was too much. I hated the child." When Jeanine joined our year-long program, she was able to form a tightknit support group with other women in her class, breaking through the isolation and insecurity she felt. "Today I found myself in a family. The women in the group are like my sisters—we share so much. I am no longer the single mother from rape, isolated and rejected." Click the link in bio to learn how you can help women like Jeanine find a safe place to heal.
When a woman joins our program, she comes together with 24 other women, forming a tight support group to break the isolation caused by war and insecurity. Learn about our work, link in bio!
#MondayMotivation: Step into your power
Looking for your next #feministread 📚 Check out #ComfortZonesTheBook! 28 incredible women writers abandoned the themes and forms that felt safe to them. The result is a collection of brilliant essays and stories from: @aliceazania @anasanti1 @we_are_food @arianesherine @britafs @charliebcuff @thedaisybee @elizabday @emmagannonuk @farrahstorr @funmifetto @gillianorr #IrenosenOkojie @lindseyhilsum @Marianne_Power_writer @MinaHolland @NatashaLunn @nellie.eden @Olivia.Sudjic @pandorasykes @phoebelovatt @PoornaBell @SophMackintosh @Swilkogram @Tahminaxbegum @avictoriaspratt @Yomi.Adegoke @miss_zing Best of all, 100% of the proceeds will support our work with women survivors of war!⠀📚❤️📚❤️ Thank you so much @sonderandtell and @insidejigsaw for making this happen! ❤ Buy your copy today, link in bio!
Quick reminder: We’re immensely grateful for your support. Thank you for joining us in helping women survivors of war and conflict unlock the power and agency inside themselves. You're changing the world. One woman at a time. #ThankfulThursday
She’s saving money – and her family’s future. When women graduate from our social and economic empowerment program, they triple their earnings. #StrongerWomenStrongerNations #SelfSufficient Learn more, link in bio. bit.ly/WfWI-GetInvolved
Jeanne told her husband about her savings group and the skills she was learning. “I told him we should work together and save money to buy land. I changed his mind by talking to him." Jeanne learned she has the right to speak up and share her opinions with her husband. "Now, he is very proud of me. He says, 'my wife is capable.’” As Jeanne continued classes, her husband cared for their children. You can help a woman like Jeanne learn about her rights and change her life. Visit the link in our bio to learn more. #StrongerWomenStrongerNations #SelfSufficient
The smile of a woman with hope: Purusi used her stipend to buy coffee plants that would help her earn and save for her family's future home. Learn how you can help women like Purusi achieve their dreams. give.womenforwomen.org (link in bio)
@ctilburymakeup have launched the ultimate empowering lipstick collection all in aid of our work! Say hello to Hot Lips 2 – a lipstick collection inspired by 11 rule breakers, record makers and history shakers! From the sales of Hot Lips 2, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty are pledging a magical £1 MILLION to help women survivors of war rebuild their lives!
Violent conflict steals their families and their homes: Show refugee women they are not alone. This #WorldRefugeeDay, we’re asking you to join us and#StandwithRefugees. Right now, every dollar you donate will be DOUBLED, meaning your gift will make twice the impact. https://give.womenforwomen.org/donate/index/?src=DBWF181A Editorial credit: Hafiz Johari
“I took a loan out of the savings group I’m part of to pay for my daughter’s school fees. I know this is a good investment because my daughter is bright and very soon she will go to university." 🎓⠀ ⠀ Mary is a graduate of our program in Rwanda and a member of a farming cooperative formed by 59 other graduates and a savings group. Together they farm different vegetables, which they sell in their shops and at the local market. ⠀ ⠀ Mary’s story proves that our program has a real ripple effect, changing the lives of families and communities. The £1 MILLION pledge by our partner @ctilburymakeup will help more women like Mary invest in their daughters future! #charlottetilbury⠀ ⠀
Thanks to our @womenforwomen program, Felicia from Nigeria is now a skilled knitter, selling her products to local schools and at the market. She’s so good at knitting that she’s also teaching other women in the community how to make some of her favorite designs like the hat she’s wearing. 👚✂️❤️ Go Felicia! We are inspired by your talent and infectious smile. The incredible £1 MILLION pledge by our partner @ctilburymakeup will help more women like Felicia change their lives!
Looking for an inspiring read this summer? 📚 Check out #ComfortZonesTheBook! 28 incredible women writers abandoned the themes and forms that felt safe to them. The result is a collection of brilliant essays and stories from: @aliceazania @anasanti1 @we_are_food @arianesherine @britafs @charliebcuff @thedaisybee @elizabday @emmagannonuk @farrahstorr @funmifetto @gillianorr #IrenosenOkojie @lindseyhilsum @Marianne_Power_writer @MinaHolland @NatashaLunn @nellie.eden @Olivia.Sudjic @pandorasykes @phoebelovatt @PoornaBell @SophMackintosh @Swilkogram @Tahminaxbegum @avictoriaspratt @Yomi.Adegoke @miss_zing Best of all, 100% of the proceeds will support our work with women survivors of war!⠀📚❤️📚❤️ Thank you so much @sonderandtell and @insidejigsaw for making this happen! ❤ Buy your copy today! amzn.to/ComfortZonesTheBook
DFID funded independent evaluation proves that our social and economic empowerment program improves the lives of women survivors of war and conflict. Learn more, link in bio. #WD2019
DFID funded independent evaluation proves that our social and economic empowerment program improves the lives of women survivors of war and conflict. Learn more, link in bio. #WD2019
We’re in Vancouver for #WD2019 and we’re ready to discuss gender equality, and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women everywhere. Stay tuned for more! #WomensEmpowerment #WD2019 #StrongerWomenStrongerNations @women_deliver
Women’s empowerment is a shared social change effort that involves both women and men. In our Men’s Engagement program, men are taught about gender equality and how to lead discussion groups about women’s rights with other men in their communities—activities in this program are tailored to the realities and needs of each country. Learn about Men’s Engagement, link in bio!
#StrongerWomenStrogerNations #SelfSufficient #WednesdayWisdom
Where will you be June 2 – 6? Join us and 6,000+ influencers, advocates, and activists convening in Vancouver to accelerate progress for girls and women worldwide. See you at one of the #WD2019 sessions we’re participating in! RSVP to our session here: bit.ly/WfWI-WomenDeliver2019 (link in bio)
Women entrepreneurs are catalysts for innovation, job creation, and social mobility, enhancing economic growth in developing countries. The Afghan women photographed are learning their vocational skill in class with a goal to turn their chosen skill into a stable income so they can support themselves and their families. #selfsufficient Help change the world, one woman at a time. Learn more: give.womenforwomen.org/sponsorship (link in bio)
Zanabu lost most of her family in the Rwandan Genocide, but her strength and resilience have allowed her to move forward and work on achieving her full potential—today, Zanabu is a proud program graduate. Empowering women like, Zanabu, to earn an income is the right thing to do. If we have any chance at eradicating poverty, it’s by making sure that women are full participants in their country’s economy. Learn how you can help make an impact: give.womenforwomen.org/sponsorship (link in bio)
Where will you be June 2 – 6? Join us and 6,000+ other influencers, advocates, and activists convening in Vancouver to accelerate progress for girls and women worldwide. See you at #WD2019! RSVP to our session here, link in bio
Kyenret suffered under the terror of the Boko Haram. But after graduating from @womenforwomen’s training program, she was able to send her children to school again as she and her family healed from the trauma they endured. To help even more women like Kyenret, every dollar you donate will be DOUBLED until June 30th — which means your gift will go twice as far! Link in bio.
Letter-writing is a fundamental part of building a one-to-one connection between participants in our program and their sponsors. A connection that’s pivotal in helping the women we serve grow and thrive. Write a letter. Make a connection. Learn how here: give.womenforwomen.org/sponsorship (link in bio)
Mokili, a graduate of our men’s engagement training in #DRC, explains he has learned more respect for his wife through the program. To bring lasting change in gender norms and inequalities, it’s not enough to work with only women. This is why we work with men, like Mokili – so they can join as allies and advocates for gender equality. Learn more about our Men’s Engagement program, link in bio.
Where will you be June 2 – 6? Join us and 6,000+ other influencers, advocates, and activists convening in Vancouver to accelerate progress for girls and women worldwide. RSVP to our session, link in bio. See you at #WD2019!
Ivonne from the #DRC says that our program brought the women in her community together. The trainings taught them about business and women’s rights. A special skill that Ivonne learned through vocational training was bread making. Before, she used to have to travel to a different city to buy bread, but now she can make and sell her own. One of the most important things to her is that she no longer depends on a man for support. Learn how you can support women, like Ivonne, learn skills that can change their life. Link in bio.
REMINDER: Call MOM ☎️ Today, and every day, we celebrate all the women who raised us and helped shaped who we are as a person. Tag the women you’re honoring today in the comments below. #MothersDay! 💕
Sandrine was a young wife and mother living in extreme poverty in Rwanda. Her husband was abusive and did not respect her equality simply because she was a woman. He forbid her to work or socialize in her community, leaving her isolated and hopeless. She worried that her desperate situation would hurt her daughter’s life and future. One day Sandrine looked at her five-year-old daughter and knew she had to make a change. Despite her husband’s objections, Sandrine joined Women for Women International’s program and quickly saw its life-changing results. In our program, Sandrine received social empowerment training where she learned about her rights, built self-confidence and self-worth. She learned vocational skills so she could earn a stable income and begin to develop economic independence. Most importantly, she was finally able to pay the fees required for her daughter to attend school. Now, Sandrine helps her daughter with school work and teaches her important lessons in a safer, healthier, more equitable home. Sandrine shared with us, “I look at her school notebook and try to explain more about what she is learning so that she can understand better. She gets really happy when I spend this time with her and it also makes me really happy.” Happy #MothersDay Sandrine!
Still looking for a #MothersDay gift with meaning? It’s not too late! Browse our symbolic gift catalog now to find the perfect gift – and the perfect way to honor a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day. Link in bio.
Honor a special woman in your life with one of our most popular symbolic #MothersDay gifts and give the gift of hope to a woman survivor of war. Browse our gifts, link in bio. #sewingmachine #vegetableseeds #vocationaltraining
Diana is a mother of two living in #Afghanistan. With the beekeeping skills that she learned through our program, she set up a business to support her family. Diana is able to sell the honey she harvests at the bazaar and she also brings it home for her children to eat. “We’ve learned a lot in this program, about ourselves and about the bee business. We share our pain and exchange a lot of ideas. It takes me an hour to walk here but it’s really worth it.” Learn how you can support women like Diana, link in bio.
Thank you @bloombergdotorg and @BuildANest for sharing this report. Very valuable and eye-opening data! . . #repost @bloombergdotorg Artisan goods account for $526 billion and are a significant source of employment for women globally – yet little data exists on the sector. A new report by our partner @BuildANest highlights data from 90 countries and sheds lights on this vibrant workforce. Photo courtesy of Nest.
Don’t miss out on a chance to meet our very own superhero @SophieT at the Dark Phoenix Premiere! You’ll join Sophie and the rest of the cast on the red carpet, snap some extraordinary selfies, and watch Jean Grey rise as Dark Phoenix on the big screen. But the action doesn’t stop there: You’ll also join the cast at a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Flights and hotel included. Learn more about how you can be in with a chance of winning this unforgettable experience by supporting @womenforwomen and three other incredible charities through @omazeworld - link in our bio.
Welcome to our 2019 Luncheon—Today we’re proud to announce that as of this month, we’ve served more than 500,000 women survivors of war! #SheBringsPeace
There’s still time to join our Annual Luncheon this Tuesday, April 30 in #NewYorkCity. Reserve your tickets today and be a part of a powerful and thought-provoking discussion. Link in bio. #nycevent #charityevent
Faith is a widow with three daughters. Because she has only daughters, her husband’s family won’t allow her to inherit his possessions. Sometimes they even come to her home to take away any items of value, which they say belong to them by rights. Faith uses the knitting skills that she learned in our program to buy food for her family and pay school fees. “Being a single mother is very difficult. I am worried about our future; we might have to move back to live with my parents. My hope for the future is to provide a good education for my daughters. I will also teach them how to knit, so they have a skill.” You inspire us in all that you do, Faith! #sheinspiresme #Nigeria
Our Global Strategy is on the verge of reaching thousands of women desperately hoping to rebuild their lives after enduring the horrors of war and violence. We need $250,000 by April 30th to set this plan in action. We are SO close to achieving this goal. With your support, we can get there. Link in bio.
Zarin, a mother of five from #Afghanistan, is a graduate of our program. After our training, she opened her own tailoring shop and has seven employees! You are a #selfsufficient & strong woman, Zarin, and we are so proud of how far you’ve come!