Women for Women International - Kurdistan Region of Iraq programme


We are supporting programmes that help displaced Syrian and Yezidi women overcome severe emotional trauma, teach them about their rights, acquire new business and vocational skills, and form networks for support and advocacy.

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Country Profile - Iraq

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In response to the ongoing crisis in the region, Women for Women International is working with local organisations in Iraq to support Syrian and Yezidi women who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of war and conflict.

About women in Iraq

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Syrian refugee families is headed by a woman


Displaced Yezidis are in camps in Iraq


Syrian refugee women are living in daily fear of abuse or aggression
Seve and her family. Photo: Alison Baskerville
Photo: Alison Baskerville

Responding to a global crisis

Displaced for months or years, women face challenges that threaten their basic security, economic well-being, and survival. They are targets of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in their families, camps, and host communities. They struggle to earn money to support their families. Many say they are hungry. They have survived extreme trauma and stress and are ready to move forward with their lives.

Women for Women International - KRI programme

Seve's story

"Our neighbour knocked at the door and told us that they are kidnapping girls and killing men, so we decided to run away and not take anything with us."

Photo: Alison Baskerville

Our impact

Over the next three years, Women for Women International will provide psychosocial support services, and life and business skills training to 3,000 Syrian and Yezidi women in Iraq to help them overcome trauma and find the resources needed to rebuild their lives.

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