Women for Women International

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From Victim to Survivor…to Active Citizen
Our Theory of Change: Women for Women International believes that when women are well,
sustain an income, are decision-makers, and have strong social networks and safety-nets, they are
in a much stronger position to advocate their rights. This philosophy and our commitment to local
leadership builds change and capacity at the grassroots level.
Why Women?
Around the world, women face some of the greatest obstacles yet also represent tremendous
opportunity for lasting social and economic development. Globally, women face the following
challenges
They bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s poverty (they represent 70 percent of
the world’s poor)
Their ability to have a decent life is limited (they perform 66 percent of the world’s work and
produce 50 percent of the food but only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent
of the property
Investment in women is inadequate (recent data shows that only 3.6 percent of overseas
development assistance was earmarked for gender equality (UNIFEM). And for every dollar
of development assistance, two cents goes to girls (Girl Effect).
During and after conflict, women are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation
(about 70 percent of casualties in recent conflict are women and children (UNIFEM) and
the norms of violence they experience include torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced
prostitution and mutilation (UN)
Program Overarching Goal:
Women-led community change leading to peaceful and stable communities
Empowered women understand their value to society and are able to demand their right to
own property, access quality healthcare, live in a violence free environment and contribute their
perspectives to the peace table.
Providing economic resources to women increases the likelihood of the next generation being
healthy and educated (Programs like the innovative Hand in Hand partnership with Kate Spade and
the Community Integrated Farming Initiatives (CIFI) provide the resources women need to access
formal markets and thrive in the process).
By providing resources to women, we are helping women transition into a macroeconomic level and

From Victim to Survivor…to Active Citizen

Our Theory of Change: Women for Women International believes that when women are well, sustain an income, are decision-makers, and have strong social networks and safety-nets, they are in a much stronger position to advocate their rights. This philosophy and our commitment to localleadership builds change and capacity at the grassroots level. Why Women? Around the world, women face some of the greatest obstacles yet also represent tremendous opportunity for lasting social and economic development. Globally, women face the following challenges

  • They bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s poverty (they represent 70 percent of the world’s poor)
  • Their ability to have a decent life is limited (they perform 66 percent of the world’s work and produce 50 percent of the food but only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property
  • Investment in women is inadequate (recent data shows that only 3.6 percent of overseas development assistance was earmarked for gender equality (UNIFEM). And for every dollar of development assistance, two cents goes to girls (Girl Effect).
  • During and after conflict, women are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation(about 70 percent of casualties in recent conflict are women and children (UNIFEM) and the norms of violence they experience include torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and mutilation (UN)

Program Overarching Goal:

Women-led community change leading to peaceful and stable communities Empowered women understand their value to society and are able to demand their right to own property, access quality healthcare, live in a violence free environment and contribute their perspectives to the peace table. Providing economic resources to women increases the likelihood of the next generation being healthy and educated (Programs like the innovative Hand in Hand partnership with Kate Spade andthe Community Integrated Farming Initiatives (CIFI) provide the resources women need to access formal markets and thrive in the process). By providing resources to women, we are helping women transition into a macroeconomic level and achieve ownership of their own labour, inputs and profits.

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