First Steps Women’s Centre

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It's our favourite time of year, the lead-up to International Women’s Day on 8th March!

This year our #MessageToMySister campaign is back and we hope that you'll be as excited as we are to be part of our global movement!

Since launching the campaign in 2018, we have seen how powerful it is for women to receive a message that says: I'm thinking of you.

So far we've sent over 3,000 messages to women survivors of war. This year, we want to send twice as many messages. 

Do something special this International Women’s Day! Tell a woman survivor of war that you’re standing by her side by sending her a personal message of hope and encouragement.

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Last year you helped us:

  • Achieve an amazing new mile-stone – we have reached over half a million women in war-torn countries since 1993.
  • Send thousands of messages of support to women survivors of war for International Women’s Day.
  • Re-establish our programme in South Sudan three years after we were forced to suspend due to an outbreak of conflict.
  • Announce life-changing partnerships with Charlotte Tilbury Beauty and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
  • Host a high-level event at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York.
  • Your support made all this possible – we couldn’t do it without you!

Have a look at some of our favourite moments from 2019!


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Your donation will be doubled – for this week only

“I want them to see that I am still alive, that they did not kill me, not my body, not my soul.”

Safeta knew the soldiers who raped and tortured her. Before conflict erupted in Bosnia and Herzegovina she would see them nearly every day. They were her neighbours.

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chirstmas shopping inspiration

As the countdown to Christmas begins, we have rounded up the best gifts for the global sisterhood in our Feminist Gift Guide!

Whether you’re buying for a special someone or looking to treat yourself, these gifts not only have the power to delight but will also make a real difference for women survivors of war. Click on the above picture for more information.

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Friday Focus:   5 years on, Yezidi women enslaved and raped by ISIS face an unbearable dilemma

Friday Focus Women for Women

Five years ago, in August 2014, ISIS fighters launched a genocidal attack on the Yezidi religious minority in Sinjar, northern Iraq.

Women and girls were raped, enslaved and forced to endure unspeakable atrocities. They saw their husbands and sons tortured and killed. Survivors fled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, setting up makeshift homes in displaced persons camps. Half a decade later, the majority are still there.


Join our Patron Dame Helen Mirren and send a #MessageToMySister between 1st – 8th March. You can send a message online at

You can also share a message of support on social media using #MessageToMySister and tagging @womenforwomenUK.

We will deliver the messages directly to women in our programmes in countries affected by conflict – showing that there are men and women all around the world who care. 

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We know how powerful it is for a woman survivor of war to hear the words: you are not alone.

That’s why this International Women’s Day, we’re organising a very special delivery.

We’re asking people like you, all over the world, to send a #MessageToMySister – just a few simple words on a postcard, to express solidarity and support for women living in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

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