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.
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.
A historic milestone occurred this week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, bringing an official end to the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
In a small, garage-like building in northern Iraq, Seve wakes up each morning not knowing how she’ll provide for her six children. Her husband is injured and unable to work. Their only income comes from the few vegetables her 12-year-old son can sell. Two years ago, they and thousands of other Yezidis fled Sinjar as they saw their neighbors kidnapped and killed by ISIS. A survivor of sexual violence, Seve is still deeply traumatized. Many days she doesn’t have enough food for the family. Living outside a refugee camp, they have limited access to resources to help them.
Organization supports critical psychosocial services and business training to help women recover from trauma and provide for families in camps and host communities.
Five years into a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, conditions confronting civilians in Syria continue to deteriorate, particularly for children and youth. Warring parties continue to violate UN Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law by deliberately and wantonly attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure, including homes, markets, schools and hospitals leaving a deadly legacy of Unexploded Ordnance.
Women’s voices and contributions are critical for establishing lasting peace, organization’s leaders say.
Monday, January 11, 2016, Washington, DC – Afghan women negotiators must be included in all talks to negotiate a final peace agreement, Women for Women International said today, following international meetings to restart the Afghanistan peace process. During the talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States, no women were present in the Afghan delegation.
War has taken a lot from Solange. Her husband and three of her children were all killed by rebels, and she was raped four times by armed men in her home village in the DRC.
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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.
Joint Effort Provides Opportunities for Economic Development in Local Neighborhoods
Landmark Women's Opportunity Centre opens for women rebuilding their lives after the trauma of the Kosovan War — 27 June
Women are set to make history on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day by joining together on bridges across the world, and calling for urgent action in Afghanistan; described as 'one of the worst countries in the world to be a woman'.