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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 social and economic empowerment programme. 

In 2019, we renewed our partnership to support marginalised 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 year, 400 marginalised women were supported through our training programme in DRC, building profound bonds of friendship and solidarity with each other.

Through 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.

In 2020, we are delighted to once more join forces with the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to continue our transformative work with women survivors of war in DRC.

An award of £250,000 from Postcode Equality Trust, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will enable us to support 350 more vulnerable women, and 50 male allies, through our tried and tested holistic training programmes.

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 unity and powerful bonds between women who have often experienced multiple traumas.

"I will continue to follow the training with strong interest to achieve more changes." Photo: Ryan Carter
"I will continue to follow the training with strong interest to achieve more changes." Photo: Ryan Carter

We will also work with male community and religious leaders in DRC 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.

In addition to this exciting continuation of our work in DRC, we are thrilled to have been awarded an extra award of £200,000 raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will be used to build our organisational communications and business development capacity over the coming year.

By investing in our people and processes, Women for Women International will greatly enhance our ability to reach and effectively serve many more thousands of marginalised women with our programmes.

Meet Cinama

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

One of the women who Women for Women International has already helped is Henriette, a mother of six in DRC.

After losing her own mother at a young age, Henriette was left to care for her siblings and never had the chance to go to school. She struggled to make enough money to support herself and her family.

She married when she was 20 years old, and both she and her husband worked as farmers in order to put their own children through school.

In 2015, Henriette and two of her daughters suffered with cholera, a disease which can be prevented through basic hygiene practices.

Since joining the Women for Women International programme, Henriette has gained vital knowledge of good hygiene, and has taught all her children to wash their hands before eating to prevent the spread of germs and communicable disease.

She is more confident and happier knowing she can better care for her children thanks to the training she has received. 

Henriette and her family have also befitted from the economic empowerment aspect of the programme. Henriette has used the business skills she has gain through training to start a small business selling bananas, which brings in $6 profit per week. Henriette said:

I thank Women for Women International for integrating me into its programme, and I will continue to follow the training with strong interest to achieve more changes.

Women for Women International - UK’s Managing Director, Shivonne Graham, emphasised the impact of this award:

“We are delighted to have the continued support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will give 350 women and 50 men access to our programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the next 12 months.

Despite the incredibly difficult realities of daily life facing women in eastern DRC, including high levels of violence and severe poverty, their resilience and courage never cease to inspire us here at Women for Women International.

With the holistic support we provide, the women in our programme transform their lives and have an immensely positive impact on their communities, which is sustained long after their graduation. Similarly, we see hugely positive results in the communities where we work with men, who are vital allies in the fight for equality.

We are so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued support and generosity. Thank you for investing in the potential of women.”

International Women's Day 2019


For International Women's Day 2019, we asked our supporters to send a message of sisterhood to a woman survivor of war. Watch Paulina's message travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and be received by Pelagia, a programme participant on our year-long programme in the DRC which is generously supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.


In response to the ongoing crisis in the region, Women for Women International is supporting Syrian refugees, displaced Iraqi and Yezidi women.

About People’s Postcode Lottery

  • People's Postcode Lottery manages multiple charity lotteries (also known as society lotteries). Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally.
  • A minimum of 32% goes directly to charities and players have raised £382 million to date for good causes across the country.
  • £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance with prizes every day. For further prize information visit:
  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000.
  • Players can sign up by Direct Debit online at, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5.
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licences number: 000-000829-N-102511-014 and Number: 000-000829-R-102513-013. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR.
  • For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit
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