Our mission

She Matters empowers refugee and migrant women to build their social and economic capital, boost their self-confidence as well as become leaders in their homes, businesses and communities.

Our vision

We envision a world where all refugee and migrant women:

  • are empowered to fully participate in economic life across all sectors;
  • have equal access to education and political participation;
  • are free from violence;
  • have the support and services they need to thrive in daily life;
  • inform and drive their own solutions and development.

Why She Matters

Women and girls make up about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population worldwide, according to UNHCR.

All refugees and migrants are vulnerable and deserve to be safe. However, women are twice as vulnerable to violence and exploitation simply because of their gender. On their journey to safety, they experience physical abuse, harassment, sexual and financial exploitation from smugglers, police and other refugees – even on European soil. Many have had to navigate an unfamiliar and often unnerving new environment after becoming the unexpected head of household.

Despite these experiences, these courageous and resilient women go on to contribute to their host countries in important ways, bringing new energy, innovation and cultural diversity. As migrants, they fill gaps in employment, lifting economies and keeping them vibrant and productive. As refugees, they provide for their families, securing education for their children, health care for their family members, and finding new ways to earn or increase their income.

If given adequate support, the new roles that women take on can represent an opportunity for transformative change towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Latest news

International Womens Day Summit 2018

Last week, She Matters attended the International Womens Day Summit 2018. The Summit was organised by Harper’s Bazaar Network Academy in collaboration with BrandedU. The event was hosted in DeLaMar Theater. Here, in the heart of Amsterdam, top speakers in the Netherlands and abroad shared their inspiring stories.

We launched our Lotus Flower Programme into the world!

We launched our Lotus Flower Programme into the world! Months in the making – and thanks to the generous support of Canon Nederland and WIJDOENMEE.NU we’ve made it here. We are grateful for your believing in us and in this project. It’s an honour to share our journey to economic empowerment of refugee and migrant

International Women’s Day – the time for empowerment is NOW - She Matters

International Women’s Day – the time for empowerment is NOW!

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. Marlene Dietrich, the ‘silver screen icon from classical movies. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. What links them? These three women were forced to flee their countries in pursuit of safety or better living conditions. The three of them found a

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