Posts tagged ‘women for women’

HWHTW launches on Twitter!

You can now get the latest news from HWHTW in 140 characters or less!  Follow @hwhtw on Twitter for live event updates and more.

Most recent tweets:


 @HWHTW RT @gaylelemmon “Is African growth slowed bcz #women can’t get biz financing?”
1 minute ago via web
 @HWHTW RT @WomenforWomen  is 18 years old! Congrats and thanks to all the supporters who have made it possible and supported us for all these years!

@HWHTW stay tuned for live updates from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21! #dtdw
3 minutes ago via web  


June 15, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Women Deliver 100: The Most Inspiring People Delivering for Girls and Women

“Women Deliver is announcing the “Women Deliver 100,” our list of the hundred most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women. This list recognizes women and men, both prominent and lesser known, who have committed themselves to improving the lives of girls and women around the world. Honorees derive from the fields of health, human rights, politics, economics, education, journalism, and philanthropy, and represent a great diversity of geographic and cultural backgrounds. The 100 honorees were selected from among hundreds of potentials and feature some of the most intrepid, committed, and results-driven people in the world.”

HWHTW favorites Christy Turlington Burns and Zainab Salbi made the list!

Read more:

April 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm 2 comments

Inside Women for Women International

I’m halfway through a 2-week assignment at Women for Women International, helping process their participant evaluation forms.  What an eye-opener!  The most striking lesson so far is that the overwhelming majority of the women participants are running a business (and a household) without any ability to read or write.  It has really underscored to me the importance of getting and keeping women and girls in good quality schools.

Read more about Women for Women International:

January 15, 2011 at 11:31 am 2 comments

TED Flashback: Zainab Salbi

zainab salbi photoZainab Salbi of Women for Women International was in the audience, not onstage, at TEDWomen this week – but her talk from TEDGlobal earlier this year would have been right at home there:

“In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.”

Video: “Women, wartime and the dream of peace”

December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

No Peace Without Women

zainab salbi photoLooks like women in peacebuilding is a hot topic these days!

Here’s a video of Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi speaking at the recent “Women in War” conference at the Elliott School at GWU:

“Zainab Salbi, CEO and founder of Women for Women International, discusses the role of women in establishing and maintaining long-term peace. This event was timed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which addressed the linkages between women, peace, and security in war and post-conflict situations.”

November 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

TONIGHT: Zainab Salbi on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer

Who: Zainab Salbi
What: PBS’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer
When: Monday, September 13 check your local listings

In response to recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Women for Women International founder and CEO Zainab Salbi will speak to Gwen Ifill tonight about her travels to the DRC, the state of women, and how the culture of rape and violence is invading the country.

Learn more about Women for Women International’s work in the DR Congo.

September 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Katie Couric Features Women for Women International on CBS Evening News

zainab salbi photoWho: Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International Founder and CEO
What: CBS Evening News With Katie Couric
When: Friday August 20 

Watch an interview from Afghanistan with Women for Women International Founder and CEO Zainab Salbi, this Friday on CBS Evening News. See how Women for Women International-Afghanistan programs are making a difference in the lives of women survivors of war. Check local listings for time.

If you couldn’t catch the broadcast, here’s an interview with Women for Women International Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson about the challenges to ensuring security and the protection of women’s rights outside of Kabul in today’s Afghanistan:

August 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm Leave a comment

Zainab Salbi: “It’s No Longer About Policy”

zainab salbi photoThis morning I had the privilege of hearing one of my personal heroes, Zainab Salbi, speak on “U.S. Foreign Policy Addressing Violence in Global Hot Spots”. Zainab, the founder of Women for Women International, urged the need for action, not just words. “Now is the time to push.”

She outlined 4 key issues of focus for U.S. Foreign Policy:

1. Inconsistency. How can we require Sudan to include women in its peace negotiating team when the U.S. team is not 50% women?

2. Being more conservative than the cultures where we work. Under Saddam, Iraqi women could go to a store and receive rations like any other citizen; the U.S. distributes food rations from mosques, where women do not have equal standing.

3. Walking the walk. We are now talking the talk, but we need measurement of results so we can hold our own government accountable.

4. Public awareness. We have many resolutions and policies on women’s rights, but no one outside the activist community knows what they are. An awareness campaign is needed to reach all men and women.

Her closing thought: “It’s no longer about policy.” Now is the time for action.

June 12, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Women for Women International

I volunteer for Women for Women International, a group that offers programs for women in conflict zones – such as Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan – aimed at helping them evolve from victims to survivors to active citizens. According to WfWI’s “About Us” page:

Why Women?

Around the world, women face some of the greatest obstacles yet also represent tremendous opportunity for lasting social and economic development. Globally, women face the following challenges:

-They bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s poverty (they represent 70 percent of the world’s poor)

-Their ability to have a decent life is limited (they perform 66 percent of the world’s work and produce 50 percent of the food but they only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property)

-Investment in women is inadequate (recent data shows that only 3.6% of overseas development assistance was earmarked for gender equality (UNIFEM). And for every dollar of development assistance, two cents goes to girls (Girl Effect).

-During and after conflict, women are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation (About 70% of casualties in recent conflicts are women and children (UNIFEM) and the forms of violence they experience include torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and mutilation (UN)

An average Women for Women International participant faces the following challenges:

-She has limited access to electricity and water (99% of participants in Sudan)

-She is not educated (96% of participants in Afghanistan)

-She is not engaged in productive work (90% of participants in Iraq)

-She is not able to pay for medical care (66% of participants in Afghanistan)

-She is not able to change customs and traditions that are not fair to her (94% of participants in the DRC)

For more information:

May 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

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