First Steps Women’s Centre

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women for women 14th may

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.

Although our office in Rwanda is closed at the moment, Clemence highlights how our programme participants are putting into practice what they have learned in class by working in networks and supporting each other. 

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women for women 2.6 challenge

This weekend, thousands of people should be getting ready to take on the London Marathon – the challenge of a lifetime. But the event can’t go ahead due to Coronavirus. Instead, people all across the country are challenging themselves to raise funds for charity (and the good news is you don’t have to run 26 miles!)

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In case you missed it, last Friday we launched our new series Hope Beyond the Headlines where we will be sharing inspiring stories to help us all get through these difficult times.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be speaking with members of our global Women for Women International family, who will share how thanks to your support we are continuing to support women survivors of war during the global Coronavirus pandemic.

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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!

Solar Sister entrepreneurs

Add some sunshine to your day with this inspiring story of Women for Women International - Nigeria graduates who won an award for selling solar lamps and encouraging clean energy use in their communities.

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