The Women for Women International program is split into four modules which take place over the course of 12 months. Even after the women have completed their training, Women for Women continues to support their economic empowerment, connecting them to financial services, business training, and support networks.
Module I: Sustaining an Income
- How to overcome stereotypes and inequalities that prevent women from gaining economic self-sufficiency,
- increasing their confidence and challenging beliefs that women's value is secondary to that of men,
- How to manage family resources, and the value of saving, and
- The different types of economic activities they can become involved in, including regular and self-employment, group enterprises, and cooperatives.
Module II: Health & Wellness
- The prevention, treatment and management of key health issues in the family and community, and how women in particular are affected.
- Psychological health: learning to identify symptoms of stress and actions they can take to relieve it.
- Reproductive health: reproductive anatomy and health; pregnancy, birth and infant care; family planning and birth control; and sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. identifying challenges to exercising their reproductive rights and discussion with their families and communities.
- Basic family health: the importance of a clean environment, proper hygiene, and good nutrition for personal, family, and community health. Discussion of the dangers of substance abuse, as well as the positive impact of living healthy lifestyles, including making time for rest, relaxation and exercise.
Module III: Family & Community Decision Making
- Gender equality: emphasising that women are equal to men before the law and thus deserve equal opportunities, including contributing to decision-making at home, and financial decisions.
- Women's legal rights: national and community laws, ownership and inheritance of assets, laws and customs in marriage, divorce, and child custody; domestic violence and rape.
- Women's involvement in the community: identifying ways in which they can involve themselves in community decision-making processes, including local politics.
Module IV: The Importance of Support Groups
- The importance of support groups. Identifying ways in which support from others has helped the women in the past and ways that it can continue to helpthem in the future. Participants also learn to identify key factors in teamwork, effective group management, leadership, and planning.
- Group advocacy. Participants learn how to harness the power of groups in order to face the problems that affect their community. They work together to identify problems, analyse the underlying issues and then strategise a plan of action. They are educated about negotiation and conflict management, and trained to recognise potential causes of conflict. They learn specific tools to resolve various conflicts such as searching for common ground, respecting other points of view, and negotiating.
- Final unit reinforcing all of the key ideas taught throughout the year. Women will be encouraged to reflect back on each module and make personal and community goals for her future.