Supporting women and girls

  • IRC empowers women and girls, fighting sexual violence and discrimination.

    IRC empowers women and girls, fighting sexual violence and discrimination.
  • The IRC supports women around the world through numerous projects.

    The IRC supports women around the world through numerous projects.
  • The IRC supports women entrepreneurs and trains women in business skills.

    The IRC supports women entrepreneurs and trains women in business skills.
  • The IRC helps girls to access education.

    The IRC helps girls to access education.
  • The IRC helps women to access credit to start their own business.

    The IRC helps women to access credit to start their own business.
  • The IRC supports girls, women and their families around the world.

    The IRC supports girls, women and their families around the world.

How We Help 

  • The IRC provides health care, counselling and safe spaces to survivors of sexual violence in more than 17 countries.
  • Every year we train and educate some 2.5 million men and women in ways to prevent sexual violence.
  • Our economic empowerment programs increase women’s income and ability to provide for oneself and their family.
  • The IRC works to strengthen national and international laws against sexual violence and the exploitation of women.

Violence against women and girls is endemic in conflict areas, and its consequences are both devastating and lasting. Sexual and gender based violence is not just a by-product of war; it is also often a strategy of combat, used systematically to terrorise and humiliate. The psychological and social consequences of such violence are equally as devastating as the physical, as the prevailing stigma often leaves women isolated and increasingly vulnerable.

The IRC helps survivors heal and works with communities and institutions to break the cycle of violence. As first-responders in emergencies we deliver urgent hands-on care for victims of assault, while in longstanding crises we provide safe spaces for women to come together for support and to build skills.

In the aftermath of war, the IRC works to addresses the causes of violence against women, by helping them gain greater economic independence and decision-making power. We include men and boys in these processes in order to change attitudes that foster violence against women and thereby create meaningful change. We also advocate with government officials to advance laws preventing violence against women, and enforce policies ensuring survivors’ access to care and legal justice.

Read our report into the experiences of Syrian women and girls here:

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