First Steps Women’s Centre

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Give the Gift that Changes a Woman’s Life

With the holidays fast approaching and the high streets closed, have you considered giving a gift that will transform a life?

For £264 you can give your loved one a truly unique gift and sponsor a woman through our year-long training programme in their honour. Over the course of a year, they will be able to form a connection that transcends continents by sharing messages of support with their new sponsored ‘sister’, as she learns the skills to rebuild her life through Women for Women International’s 12 month training programme.

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Every woman has the power to transform her world. When we come together we can overcome the most difficult challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Women who have survived war and conflict are often forgotten and undervalued in their communities. They need a global community, both now and when the pandemic passes.

We must be there to help women rebuild their lives and their communities. And we must be prepared to reinstate our in-person trainings when it’s safe to do so. 

Pledge your support today to help the forgotten women survivors of war and their families overcome this global pandemic.

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Our Country Director in Nigeria, Buki Onyishi, speaks out on the pandemic that has plagued her country for so many years: sexual violence.
Buki Onyishi, Country Director of Women for Women International – Nigeria asks
“Knowing how women suffer, how can we stay silent?”

Time to break the silence and stop sexual violence in Nigeria

Our Country Director in Nigeria, Buki Onyishi, speaks out in a Thomson Reuters article about the pandemic that has plagued her country for so many years: sexual violence. In the last five months alone, over 700 cases of rape were reported across the country. 

Since we launched the #MessageToMySister campaign we have seen the impact your messages of support have on the women we serve. Thousands of you have sent in messages and joined our global movement. 

Messages of hope from Nigeria

As the COVID-19 crisis forces many people into isolation, our global community is more committed than ever to help women survivors of war feel supported, seen, and heard. 

Thanks to your amazing support, we are: 

  • Distributing more than 4,700 hygiene kits 
  • Organising women to sew masks and produce soap for their communities 
  • Broadcasting radio programmes to reach women in remote and rural places
  • Continuing to deliver cash assistance to nearly 5,000 women 
  • Breaking women's isolation by helping participants to use mobile phones to set up communication trees to stay connected

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We have been overwhelmed by the generous support we received in response to our Giving Tuesday
emergency appeal. Thanks to the kindness of our supporters, our teams have been able to deliver
life-saving resources to women survivors of war who are now facing the added threat of COVID-19.

We wanted to share an example of the emergency responses we have been able to put in place thanks to
our committed supporters to show the real and essential impact these efforts are having on the women
we serve.

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women for women covid 19

Did you know that women, and particularly women survivors of war, are being hit hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic in a variety of other, often less visible, ways?

Pre-existing inequalities and power disparities leave women particularly vulnerable during times of crisis. Here are some of the reasons why:

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As part of our Hope Beyond the Headlines series, we have been sharing incredible stories of women showing resilience, hope and innovation during this difficult time. Today, we want to share the story of Clemence Bideri, our Economic Empowerment Manager at Women for Women International - Rwanda.

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