Women in War Zones

Women in War Zones

How does war affect women?

When war strikes, women and children take the brunt. Recent events taking place on European soil are forcing the Western world to witness this fact which has commonly been long forgotten to spite tragic consequences of war in Muslim countries in the modern world.

In Syria majority of our beneficiaries are widowed women and their orphaned children. When war strikes men who are at an age of strength, health and able to support their families are targeted first or die in combat causing a large gender imbalance in society.. This is how they cripple the society. Women suffer and struggle to support themselves and their families in a land where there is no market to find a means of support and there is no social security aside from Zakat.

Furthermore – gender inequality in Bosnia is now an ancient problem with no solution on the horizon. The war in Bosnia ended over 25 years ago, however Bosnian women are yet to recover, with little education and a lack of opportunities. In poor rural areas, education is expensive and difficult to access. Girls are kept at home whilst their brothers are sent to school in order to save money. This plunges girls into a lifetime of economic inequality. Is this the cost a woman should pay for remaining in the land they love? the land they call home Yes – recovering from war is not like ripping off a bandaid, even a lifetime is not enough to prosper when the world has turned its back.

Women in Warzones

In Bosnia where hope for employment depends on academic education, prioritising male children for education stunts the opportunities a woman has for an entire lifetime, plunging her into a never-ending cycle of poverty. This is the situation of a country whose war ended over 25 years ago so what then is the fate of Syrian and Yemeni refugees? What is the fate of women in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine?

Revive is pioneering sustainable agriculture projects to create jobs which are prioritised for women to help close the gap on gender inequality in rural Bosnia through our sustainable farming project which will create new employment opportunities for women. Furthermore, sponsorship of needy families in Bosnia is prioritised for Bosnian widows – many of which have not recovered from the war and receive little to no government help. Revive works to break through the gender inequality gap by creating micro-economies which grant opportunities to Bosnian women which were previously closed. Read more about our projects in Bosnia which focus on creating a micro-economy for women who are the victims of war!