International Women’s Day: Women for Women International’s Fellows Make a Difference

March 8 was Internal Women’s Day, a day of recognizing women for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

To commemorate International Women’s Day, we recognize all that Women for Women International has done to advance social and economic empowerment for women. Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Their programs enable women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their family, and community.

To further Women for Women’s mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff two Fellows placements. Here are the Fellows who have made an impact at Women for Women International and beyond.

Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.


Desiree Dickerson

Desiree served as Women for Women International’s Blockchain and Digital Currency Fellow. She explored how blockchain and distributed ledger technology, as well as other emerging technologies, could aid Women for Women International in its mission to empower women in marginalized countries affected by war and conflict.

Rounida Shwaish

Rounida worked with the organization’s Human Resources department to conduct research related to capacity building and learning management systems. At the start of her fellowship, she traveled to the Women for Women office in Kosovo to participate in organization’s global HR retreat during which she presented on implementing a learning management system.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

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(Photos courtesy of Women for Women International)

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