WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN CONFLICT
We believe that economic empowerment is critical for women to determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential.
Supporting economic empowerment for women affected by conflict is fundamental to sustainable progress for women’s rights, ending extreme poverty, building peace and preventing conflict.
To achieve these goals, we need to move away from short-term relief and towards approaches that connect women’s immediate needs to their long-term empowerment. We support women's long-term economic empowerment as part of our year-long programme.
In partnership with the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) network, we commissioned research into women’s livelihood opportunities in Iraq. The findings highlight the voices of displaced women, including Syrian refugees, in the region. It focused on the opportunities and challenges they face as well as how they define ‘economic empowerment.’
Alia is a Syrian refugee who fled the war. She has lived in the Kurdish host community of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, since 2013 where she enrolled in Women for Women International's programme.
Since 2004, we have supported more than 98,000 women through our year-long programme in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women reported being unable to adequately access land to meet their needs and grow their businesses. We therefore commissioned research to explore the barriers they were facing and effective approaches for addressing these challenges.