One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. 
All the time... everywhere. 

We are confronting one of the world's oldest and most widespread human rights abuses: violence against women and girls. Although such violence is a global epidemic, it is especially prevalent in areas of crisis and displacement. 

VOICE is a feminist organization working towards a world where girls and women are respected leaders in designing and implementing solutions to eradicate violence -- both in their communities and within the halls of power.

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VOICE and HIAS collaborate on a new assessment of the Ukraine crisis, and its impact on women and girls. This assessment sought to obtain a deeper understanding of the situation for displaced Ukrainian women living in Moldova and Romania, including specific sub-populations, in urban and rural areas. The assessment focused on the intersection of GBV and economic and psychosocial needs in order to inform HIAS and VOICE integrated multi-sectoral programming and continued support to Moldovan and Romanian partners to promote women’s safety, protection, and well-being.

Partnering for Change: A Project Partnership Centering Women and Girls in the Ukraine Regional Response

In August 2021, as the Taliban took over Kabul, the international community evacuated thousands of Afghan women human rights defenders whose lives were at risk. These women and their families were taken to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Albania, and Qatar while their resettlement processes began. More than a year later, many of them are still in transit. Many of their family members are still in Afghanistan; their friends and colleagues are dispersed around the world in search of safety and security; and their lives are seemingly on hold.

Home is Still a Long Way Away: An Art Exhibition by Afghan Women

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On September 8th, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Morocco with devastating effects. Meanwhile, on September 10th, Mediterranean Storm Daniel brought heavy rainfall and flooding to eastern Libya, causing large-scale destruction as a result of two dams collapsing south of the city of Derna. These events will have profound and far-reaching impacts on lives and livelihoods in months and years to come.

Call For Funding Morocco and Libya

The escalating violence in Ukraine has put millions of women’s and girl’s lives at risk and threatens to displace over a million innocent civilians. There are already more than 2.9 million people in need of assistance in the region, and most refugees fleeing Ukraine are women and children.

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We are working to help meet the needs of women- and girl-led organizations in a growing number of countries, including Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Iraq, Lebanon, Kenya, Moldova, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine, the U.S., Venezuela, and Yemen. Many of our team members come from the places that we work, meaning that deep local knowledge, expertise and lived experiences underlie our approaches. 

Our team includes humanitarian practitioners, researchers, and human rights defenders with over 100 years of experience in feminist movement-building and violence prevention and response.

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VOICE calls on international NGOs and the international community to devote more attention to the situation in Syria and to raise their voices in support of the women and girls who are at great risk. It is imperative that their voices are heard and that their fundamental rights are preserved, especially in the aftermath of this disaster.

VOICE Calls for Solidarity and Action in Support of Women and Girls in Syria After Earthquake

WASHINGTON DC Television WUSA9 features VOICE’S art exhibition — Home is Still A Long Way Away: An Art Exhibition by Afghan Women — while on display on the National Mall December 10-12, 2022.

“Displaced Afghan Women Display Art on National Mall”

In August 2021, as the Taliban took over Kabul, the international community evacuated thousands of Afghan women human rights defenders whose lives were at risk. These women and their families were taken to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Albania, and Qatar while their resettlement processes began. More than a year later, many of them are still in transit. Many of their family members are still in Afghanistan; their friends and colleagues are dispersed around the world in search of safety and security; and their lives are seemingly on hold.

Home is Still a Long Way Away: An Art Exhibition by Afghan Women

New Report from VOICE! | November 17, 2022: Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, millions of women have been displaced within Afghanistan, and many have been forced to flee the country, watching while the Taliban regime progressively restricts women’s most basic human rights. While many WHRDs and their families were evacuated from Afghanistan immediately after the Taliban takeover due to heightened risks of gender-based violence and other forms of abuse, many others had no choice or decided to stay and live under significant threat as they continue their activism.

Taking Myself out of the Darkness: Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders’ Fight for Recognition

Food insecurity is a growing issue impacting the lives of refugee women and girls in Hungary, according to a new report produced by VOICE and in collaboration with local partners throughout the country. The report is based on data and stories collected from refugee women and girls at food distribution sites and from the local organizations working tirelessly to serve them.

The Impact of Food Insecurity on Gender-Based Violence in the Ukraine Refugee Response

In 2021, the world passed a solemn threshold, with 1 in 88 people forcibly displaced by conflict or ecological disaster, continuing the upward trend we’ve seen over the last decade.Against this backdrop, VOICE was there to ensure the voices of women and girls were heard, and the leadership of the organizations they lead was respected and better integrated into the humanitarian response.

Building Bridges for Collective Change: VOICE – 2021 Annual Report

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How we work matters as much as what we do; our endeavors are led by women and girls’ realities, priorities, and expertise.

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