It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be forced to flee your home with nothing but the clothes you have on. Unfortunately, for countless women and girls in areas of conflict that is the only choice they have to try to survive.
Autopia is proud to announce that once again it’s supporting the UN Women National Committee Australia Tax time appeal to support women and girls affected by crisis. Until midnight Friday, June 30, we will match all donations – up to $5,000 – to support those affected. This is your chance to double your impact and give hope and safety to more women and girls who are forced to flee their homes – women like Emm Ali.
“Seeing my two sons killed by ISIS before my eyes, I decided to flee our home in Dara’a, Syria with my husband and remaining four children. There were bombs going off everywhere as we tried to escape. We started walking towards Jordan. At least a thousand times, I felt like giving up and going back to Dara’a. But I kept walking forward, thinking a better life must be waiting for us at the end of the journey.”
Today, there are over 5 million Syrian refugees. More than half of these are women and girls.
Women and girls are often left behind in times of crisis and conflict only to face a frightening future – where the risk of violence, injury and death increase dramatically.
“I knew I had to find the strength to go on, for the sake of my remaining children. I heard about the cash-for-work program run by UN Women at the camp, and decided to enrol. I started learning how to weave carpets from recycled material. With every thread [that] I wove, I felt like I was weaving away my sorrows. The work shifted the bitterness of loss and gave me a sense of purpose.”
During such humanitarian crises, the needs of women and girls are often neglected. UN Women National Committee Australia works to ensure women and girls affected have basic necessities such as soap, thermal blankets, sanitary pads and other essential items, giving them back some dignity in the midst of devastation.
With your help, we can double the impact and help even more women like Emm Ali, who have experienced inconceivable trauma, to heal and rebuild their lives. Please give a tax-deductible donation before June 30 and show your support for women and girls in crisis. Autopia will match your generosity.