BY MONICA AGENE, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL - NIGERIA
The role of a woman in society places her in a unique position to be a peace builder, who makes sacrifices to provide stability for herself, her family and her community. This is why Women for Women International provides a platform where women attend a 12-month long training program help empower themselves, with emphasis on health and wellbeing, economic and social development, decision making and building support networks.
BY JUSTINE VALEMBERI, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
Nankafu is a 53-year-old mother of ten. Sadly, seven of her children have passed away and only three remain. Two are married and the youngest is in the fifth grade.
Life has not been easy for Nankafu and her children. "My husband had chased me away and abandoned me more than 15 years ago, he told me that he cannot live with a woman who loses children," she says.
Assessment Location: Samangan province, Aybak city
Type of crises: Conflict
Crisis Location: Dar-e-Suf Payeen district of Samangan province and Kunduz
Assessment Finding and Recommendation in brief:
WfWI’s partner, Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), based at the Khanke IDP camp in the Duhok Province in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), caters to the needs of 640 Yezidi women, most of whom are former ISIS hostages.
A historic milestone occurred last week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, more than five decades after the start of what became the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.
The measure was then put to a referendum vote where it was expected to pass easily, but ultimately failed by a small margin. Although it’s unclear what will happen next, both sides have said they do not wish to resume the war, and peace negotiations are likely to resume.
For nearly 25 years, Women for Women International (WfWI) has empowered more than 462,000 of the most economically, socially and politically excluded women in countries affected by violent conflict with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to be catalysts for change in their lives and families.