WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
As part of our #MVGiving campaign, we have been working with Women for Women International since 2016. Women for Women International helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives. They work directly with women in 8 countries, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Since 1993, they have helped more than 447,000 marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict.
Women for Women International was founded on the belief that building relationships between women across the world would have a transformative effect for women survivors of war. For International Women’s Day, they want to send a powerful message of sisterhood to women in countries affected by conflict. “Sisterhood means building a personal connection, letting another woman know that she is not alone. We believe that sisterhood is a bond that can be felt between women who have never met” Sara Bowcutt, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for WFWI told us.
For International Women’s Day 2018, send a #MessageToMySister and tell her you believe in her future. You can do this by requesting a #MessageToMySister pack, which will include a postcard for you to complete with a message of support or you can submit a message via their website womenforwomen.org.uk/message. Women for Women International will share your messages with women who are participating in the year-long training programme.
On behalf of Mint Velvet, our founders Liz, Lisa and Jane have each sponsored a sister: Berthe, Naminani and Nzigire from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to go through Women for Women International’s year-long training programme. This support will give these three women the opportunity to attend weekly classes where they develop close, trusting friendships with other women and rebuild confidence shattered by war and insecurity. Our founders will also exchange letters with their sisters to develop a personal connection. Knowing that there is someone out there, supporting and wishing them to succeed brings additional confidence and strength to the women on the programme.
WE ARE WOMEN T-SHIRT
We’ve also teamed up with Women for Women International to create a t-shirt to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war.
We are delighted to help drive the message of sisterhood and female empowerment with our t-shirt and donate £30,000 to the charity.