Meet the women peacebuilders, humanitarians & rights defenders changing the world
WPHF is enhancing the capacity of women to prevent conflict, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and seize key peacebuilding opportunities worldwide. Hear from the inspiring women leaders we support in fragile settings worldwide.
“If the war in Ukraine has proven anything, it is that civil society organizations are quicker, more flexible, better equipped, and more efficient than other national and international actors at closing gaps and addressing urgent needs, particularly in the first months of the war.”
“When women get involved in decision-making, it’s not just good for women and girls, but for everyone. They understand the needs and challenges of the wider society and make decisions seeking the common good.”
“We’re at a crucial time to catalyze the collective action of those who are defending human rights and protecting the environment, meet their urgent demands, and recognize their potential as peacebuilders.”
"Local organizations work directly with women and communities affected by conflict and violence. The perpetrators of war and violence live in the communities where we work. We help build peace from the ground up. You cannot build peace from top down."
"Women’s participation shouldn’t be considered special or unique. Circumstances have made women’s participation look particularly important, but that just proves that women do not take part in conflict or crisis resolution in a way that is truly representative of their number, capabilities, or expertise."
"If you invest in local women’s organizations, you are contributing to communities, which is the foundation of a nation and is the most sustainable way for development. If the communities are stronger, the nation will be stronger."
"Our project ensures that local communities have equal opportunities to protect themselves from humanitarian crises and, most importantly, maintain their resilience and empowerment, which is necessary for inclusive peace."
"The Womanitarian project has provided the avenue for women to take leadership in times of disaster. Women are natural born leaders, and we are the movers and shakers in any group, family, household or office."
“We all lost so much in the crisis. I started this work because I wanted my children to live a better life, to overcome my own pain, and be useful for my community. Peace is for everyone. It is up to everyone to build peace."
“Through my work I can see how much I’ve helped people. I want to inspire other women and let them know they can do the same... I have been with the Family and Childhood Protection Society since 2007, working to empower women, train youth, and rehabilitate women refugees."
"My work as a counsellor has helped me with my own self-awareness and to improve the relationship with my children and my family — as a mother, a woman and as a daughter, I am 110 percent better than before.”