Celebrating our 30th Anniversary
The power of women, for women
Women for Women International was founded in 1993, when Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah launched their mission to support women who endured violence and rape during the Bosnian War.
Since then, we have expanded our reach to 17 conflict-affected countries, helping some of the world's most marginalised women uncover their true power and potential.
See how far we've come since 1993
30 years of Women for Women International
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Our impact over 30 years
Together, we can change the world
Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed the incredible power of women every day. In the face of inequality and conflict, the women survivors of war we serve rise up and transform not only their own lives but their whole communities.
Watch this video to find out how we have grown from one woman who started this organisation to over half a million women survivors of war and conflict.
The Sisterhood Effect: 30 Years On
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Three decades ago, one woman turned a moment of outrage into a movement. Today, the organisation Zainab Salbi started during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached over half a million women survivors of war all over the world. In this special episode, Women for Women International's CEO, Laurie Adams travels back to Bosnia with Zainab to learn the story of how it all began and to find out why, 30 years later, the sisterhood effect is needed more than ever.
Through Dada’s Eyes
Our First VR Film
Immerse yourself in the world of one of our programme participants with our first 360°virtual reality film, Through Dada’s Eyes.
Experience a day in the life of Dada, a mother-of-two in Nigeria, as she participates in our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme after her life was upended by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Meet the women we serve
In July 1995, men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica during the genocide in Bosnia. Fazila lost male relatives but knew she had to rebuild her life for the sake of her daughter and the women in her community.
Christine knows what survival means. She was pregnant with her first child during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Faced with economic challenges after the death of her husband, she needed more than survival, she needed a future for her family.
"My name is not Nastasiya. It is too dangerous to tell you my real name." After fleeing the war in Ukraine, 'Nastasiya' says, "We have lost our home, our city and many of our neighbours, but we will not lose our spirit."
Since our origins during the Bosnian War in 1993, Women for Women International has reached 553,437 marginalised women in 14 conflict-affected countries.
When war and insecurity take hold, women bear the heaviest burden of violence, poverty and inequality. Learn more about why supporting women survivors of war is so important.
Participants in our year-long programme work to strengthen themselves across four critical areas of social and economic empowerment.