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A life-changing network

When we support and empower refugee women, the entire community benefits. We see it every day. The Leading Women Fund is a unique community of donors committed to supporting refugee women all over the world.

Every donation to the Fund goes directly to projects that empower women, building their resilience and providing opportunities to help them realise their potential.

Hear from our Ambassador and some of our donors about how the Leading Women Fund has changed their lives.

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How cash assistance helps Syrian refugees

Without cash assistance from UNHCR, Tahani faced an uncertain future. Last March, as Jordan entered its first COVID-19 lockdown, Syrian refugee Tahani found herself in a precarious situation. All of her cleaning work disappeared almost overnight, and the fragile financial security she had worked so long to establish began to erode.

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Discover our Connecting Worlds app

As a Leading Women Fund donor you will be offered the opportunity to experience the Connecting Worlds app. Through UNHCR’s ground-breaking new app, you’ll have the chance to connect directly with female Syrian refugees living in Jordan.

Connecting through the app over the course of four to eight weeks you will be able to swap texts and photos with the refugee woman who you are matched with to learn more about each other’s daily lives and experiences. Translators will manage the language barrier, so you can type in your own language.

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Hear from our members

“The Leading Women Fund is really important because it gives practical solutions but also gives something intangible – the light of hope. I joined the Fund because I have a real passion for seeing people uplifted.” – Kudzai, Leading Women Fund donor

“The Leading Women Fund [Connecting Worlds] app provided us with the technology to connect real life time, real life people via an app on our phone.” – Penny, Leading Women Fund donor

“Honestly it was beautiful to share my feelings with another woman my age,” – Reem, Syrian urban refugee, Jordan

“You’re bringing together the power of women, the power of our compassion and the sense of connectedness that we have with other women around the world.” – Kim, Leading Women Fund donor

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Meet our ambassador – Janine Allis

Australia for UNHCR’s ambassador, entrepreneur and Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, is the leading voice for the Leading Women Fund.

“We’re looking for women with an entrepreneurial spirit to join us, and contribute their skills and knowledge to drive change,” she says, adding that she has always believed in the power of women to make a difference. “Women work so well collaboratively. From the early days of Boost, we were a bunch of women who were problem-solvers, quite humble, and keen to learn along the way.”

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A new kind of giving

GIVE: Your annual gift of $3,000 a year, or $230 every four weeks helps a refugee woman to cover basic expenses such as rent, bills and food.

LEARN: Attend exclusive webinars and special events with inspiring refugee women, UNHCR women leaders and field experts.

CONNECT: You’ll be invited to in-person and online networking events. You will have the opportunity to connect directly with a refugee woman supported by the Fund using UNHCR’s Connecting Worlds app.



CO-CREATE: Contributing your skills, knowledge and energy, you’ll help shape future Leading Women Fund projects.

LEAD: Becoming part of this unique global movement will equip you with accurate information, and the tools to help you advocate for some of the most marginalised women in the world.

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Leading Women Fund Project Manager Emma Palmer

Meet Emma

Leading Women Fund Project Manager

My work at Australia for UNHCR is so meaningful, it doesn’t feel like work! I love getting to know women in Australia who have the same vision as I do – a world of empowered women and girls with equal opportunity. Every woman is entitled to live a life that feels purposeful to her. My role is to coordinate the Leading Women Fund program, with a focus on facilitating women supporting refugee women. Please get in contact with me if you’d like to talk about the ways you can be involved in this life-changing network.

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