Focusing on hope
Beyond the Headlines of the Coronavirus pandemic
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and global uncertainty it has caused, we want to continue to update you about how it is impacting the women we serve and continue to share inspiring stories of strength and resilience.
Hope Beyond the Headlines will shine a light on different voices from our global Women for Women International family and focus on hope and innovation in responding to the crisis.
We are so grateful for our community of staff, programme participants and supporters around the world – despite the challenges we are all facing during a global pandemic, you are all so passionate and committed to working towards a world where women everywhere can fulfil their potential.
Connected without contact
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that women in our programme could not meet for in-person trainings. Despite this, we have seen how they carried the lessons learnt and friendships formed out of the classroom to protect each other and their community.
Annie Lennox in conversation with Zainab Salbi
Annie Lennox and Zainab Salbi share what first inspired them to stand up and take action and their top tips for getting started in activism.
WE ARE CONGOLESE WOMEN, AND WE ARE LEADERS
Our Country Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Audry Shematsi reflects on 60 years of independence, power of women and progress towards gender equality.
Women for Women International is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by helping the world's most vulnerable women survive. As the current situation forces many people into isolation, our global community is steadfast in our mission to support women. Across our country programmes, all of our in-person trainings were temporarily suspended to protect the health and safety of women we serve and our staff, and in compliance with government measures.
Over 4,700 of our programme participants in Afghanistan were provided with crucial supplies against coronavirus. With these kits, women could put lessons about health and hygiene from our programme into practice, to protect themselves and their families from disease.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, many of the women we serve have had to stay at home, unable to make money for their family and attend training at Women for Women International. Our team knew that these women would still need support, so they looked to mobile phones for solutions.