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WAM UK dinner with Mandana Hendessi of Women for Women International
Tue 2 May 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
WAM UK warmly invites you to our next dinner event with Mandana Hendessi, Country Director for Women for Women International in Iraq.
As the plight of refugees from many conflict affected regions has worsened in recent years, Women for Women International took a leap from its core focus working in post-conflict states and is now running projects in refugee camps in Northern Iraq where it’s supporting women who have fled unspeakable violence and are trying to piece together their lives.
Mandana will be speaking on the night about the tools Women for Women International has been using to help women like Dalal, a 22-year-old Yazidi woman from Sinjar, who fled her home with her family because of IS. She now lives in Khanke camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with her three brothers and six sisters in six tents. Dalal says: "My hope is to be able to help my family. I would like any kind of job to earn money."
Women for Women, with its local partners, is providing life and business skills training to women in the camps in the KRI, as well as psycho-social support and crucially a safe space for women to gather, share experiences and support each other.
"There is an awful lot of talent that needs to be nurtured," says Mandana. "They are not victims, they are entrepreneurs."
Join us to hear more about the work Women for Women is doing and the stories of strength and resilience that have emerged.
Mandana Hendessi is an international development professional with over 25 years’ experience in management, consulting, designing and developing programmes for civil society organisations, governments, International NGOs, and the UN, covering a diversity of socio-economic and human rights issues.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict. They serve women in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Rwanda, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Iraq, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Women for Women International brings women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Once enrolled, each woman receives a monthly stipend – a vital support that enables her to participate.
Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. The ripple effect is profound.