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This International Women’s Day the plight of women caught up in war is only too apparent, please take a moment to look at the work of @WomenforWomenInternational and their #SponsoraSister programme.

As reported by Women for Women International ‘when war and insecurity take hold, women bear the heaviest burden of violence, poverty and inequality and women affected by war and conflict are forced to overcome the most daunting challenges. Of the 82.4million people currently displaced from their homes, 80% are women and children. Gender norms restrict women’s access to education and economic resources, exclude them from decision-making, and expose them to many forms of violence and abuse. Women for Women International targets the most marginalised women who live in extreme poverty, are directly affected by violence and conflict, and endure myriad forms of social and economic disadvantage’.

Women for Women International has helped support and transform the lives of over 519,700 women survivors of war in 8 post-conflict countries so far, and their ongoing work is invaluable to women the world over. Their Sponsor a Sister programme helps transform the lives of survivors of war. The programme ‘supports and educates women to find the support, solidarity and practical tools to help them reclaim their power. They learn to save money, build businesses, understand their rights and improve their health. They pass on this knowledge to their families and communities, sharing their power to create a world that is more equal, peaceful, and prosperous for everyone’.

For more information, please visit their website: www.womenforwomen.org.uk

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