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Migrant Crisis Fueled By Lack of Opportunity to Become Self-Sufficient and Rebuild
Thursday, September 3, 2015 (Washington, DC – The images of young Syrian refugees Aylan and Galip Kurdi being lifted out of the Turkish waters has captured global attention, humanizing in one powerful image the desperation caused by conflict and the shattered dream of building a new life.
Thousands of dresses fluttered from washing lines strung across the football pitch in Pristina, Kosovo on Friday as our staff and Kosovo Country Director Iliriana Gashi joined their country’s leaders and citizens at an art installation to raise awareness for survivors of sexual violence during the Kosovo War. The dresses, many of which were donated by survivors, transformed the stadium into a tribute and created a space for women to raise the power of their voices on an issue that for too long has been nearly silenced.
“When a woman in our program has the courage to tell her Life Skills trainer ‘I have been raped,’ we refer her to Panzi Hospital,” explains WfWI – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Acting Country Director Gertrude Mudekereza.
Juba, 12 May 2014 – On 20 May 2014, the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway, to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes, including an estimated 300,000 to neighboring countries. Over 4 million people, including over 2.5 million children, are extremely vulnerable to food insecurity, as people have been displaced from their sources of survival. This crisis is worsening on a daily basis.
Organization has helped over 3,000 women and is expanding its efforts to help provide agriculture opportunities and income generation Women for Women International announced today their continued support for the women of South Sudan, who have been deeply affected by ongoing violence and growing food insecurity, and for efforts to establish lasting peace in the war-torn region. Women for Women International’s Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, said, “Women are victims of violence but they are also drivers of change.
In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International 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, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.