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Players of People's postcode lottery support women survivors of conflict

Transforming women's lives in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2021

Over the past three years, we've been supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery to help women in conflict zones develop skills, access power and transform their lives. Funds raised by players have had a profound impact for the women we serve, and we are thrilled to be continuing our work together in 2021.

Launching a new programme in Iraq

In early 2018, we were delighted to receive support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to significantly expand our services for women survivors of war in Iraq. Thanks to the funding, we were able to support the set-up of a new office in Erbil and provide an initial cohort of 300 women with training through our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme. 

Building brighter futures in DRC

In 2019, funds raised by players supported women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where Women for Women International has helped to train over 98,000 women affected by violence and extreme poverty since 2004.
 
Over the following two years, 750 marginalised women were enrolled in our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme in DRC, and a further 300 men were sensitised on gender-based violence.

In a powerful article published by the Independent in June 2019, we were able to help elevate the voices of women in DRC who have been affected by sexual violence.

As a result of the programme, women reported increased decision-making on health, finances, and family planning. With 14 savings groups operational and mobilising $7,656 on average, members have been able to access small loans to face the COVID-19 crisis. The funding also contributed to educating women and their communities on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Meet Cinama

Cinama enrolled on our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she learned brick-making as her vocational skill. She now runs her own brick-making business.

Women for Women International-Nigeria programme participants attend a socially-distanced class. Photo: Women for Women International
Women for Women International-Nigeria programme participants attend a socially-distanced class. Photo: Women for Women International

HELPING WOMEN IMPACTED BY COVID IN NIGERIA

In Nigeria, support from players during 2020 provided 600 women with vital training, resources and solidarity to weather the COVID-19 crisis. This generous contribution helped women to sustain their small businesses and manage household finances during and after lockdown. They were able to initiate alternative income-generating activities, such as mask-making and food preparation, to support their families. Participants also helped to spread COVID-19 information and prevention measures throughout their communities.
A programme participant in Afghanistan, who has started her own business growing mushrooms. Photo Rada Akbar
A programme participant in Afghanistan, who has started her own business growing mushrooms. Photo Rada Akbar

Strengthening solidarity and self-reliance in Afghanistan & DRC

In 2021, we are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are continuing to support us to serve even more women living at the intersection of conflict, poverty and gender inequality. Funding will support women through our Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme in DRC and Afghanistan. 
Over the year, women will come together in groups of 25 to gain vital information about health, nutrition and hygiene, develop an understanding of their legal and human rights and build vital vocational and business skills by which to sustain an income through entrepreneurship or employment.
 
Regular classes enable groups to form tight social circles of support, breaking the isolation created by conflict and insecurity, and promoting sisterhood and solidarity between women who have often experienced multiple traumas.

We will also work with male community and religious leaders in DRC and Afghanistan to create an enabling environment for women’s empowerment and include them in the journey towards equality. Women for Women International know from experience that it is essential to work with men in order to ensure the success of our programmes.

We are all activists film

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have provided critical support for our global communications work, helping us to raise the voices of the women we serve and highlight the issues affecting them.

In 2020, funds were used to deliver our global campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, urging people to take action to tackle the 'shadow pandemic' of violence against women.

About People's Postcode Lottery

  • People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. People play with their chosen postcodes for a chance to win cash prizes. A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities and good causes in Britain and internationally. Players have raised more than £600 million so far. For details of the charities and good causes which are promoting and benefitting from the lottery draws, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes/draw-calendar
  • It costs £10 a month to play and winning postcodes are announced every day. The maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw proceeds. For details, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes
  • New players can sign up to pay using direct debit by calling 0808 10 9 8 7 6 5. New players who sign up online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk can pay using direct debit, debit card or PayPal.
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licence numbers: 000-000829-N-102511 and 000-000829-R-102513. Registered office: 2nd Floor, 31 Chertsey Street, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU1 4H
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