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Women for Women International Trial

South African Medical Research Council | Intervention – Women for Women International

Women for Women International offers marginalised women survivors of conflict a tried and tested year-long, combined social and economic empowerment programme that includes:

  1. Informational training in critical modules that include the value of women’s work, benefits of saving, basic health education, rights and decision making, and group formation; 
  2. Skill-building in numeracy, business skills and a chosen vocational skill;
  3. Resource provision in the form of a monthly cash stipend, asset transfers for vocational activities, savings channel provision, and referrals to health and legal services; and
  4. Connections to local women’s networks and global supporters as well as connections to other women, by creating a safe and comfortable space where women, in groups of 25, learn, share and support one another to initiate change in their lives.

In Afghanistan, Women for Women International also runs men’s engagement activities that train male community leaders and male family members in women’s rights and to become advocates for gender equality. Find out more: www.womenforwomen.org.uk

The evaluation is an individually randomised control trial with a 22-month follow up. The primary objectives of the evaluation are to measure reductions in married women’s experience of physical intimate partner violence and increases in women’s past month earnings. Approximately 1,460 women have been recruited into the trial.

Geographic location:

Afghanistan (two provinces)

  • The project will run for 3 years and end-line results are expected in the first quarter of 2019

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Carron Mann, Senior Manager for Policy and Advocacy, Women for Women International: cmann@womenforwomen.org

SA MRC, Rachel Jewkes, Director, Gender and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council: Director What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Global Programme