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Female Refugees

Millions of women around the globe are pushed out of their homeland due to wars and political persecutions every day. Their risky journey and life into the unknown have been rarely documented and shared with the rest of the world.

Our book is designed to empower and educate women through storytelling. It includes the stories of brave female refugees and immigrants whose survival and leadership can be an inspiration to many other women all over the world. Their narratives of everyday struggles and survival and a list of useful resources are put together by different themes that the readers will find helpful in their own experiences in the new country.

This project was funded through the Institute for Global Engagement's Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) and Islamic Relief USA. One of the authors was a Fellow within CWFL.

Are the experiences of refugee women different from those of their male counterparts? What happens to refugee women once they arrive in America? What are the challenges they face and how do they cope with them? This book attempts to answer these questions through the lens of five refugee women who share their experiences of motherhood, education, mental health, and entrepreneurship to start a dialogue between readers and narrators to further the understanding of the experiences of refugee women.

Learning from Within: Stories of Women in the New World


When we don't have a family to help us or any friends, we have to be vulnerable. This means we have to tell people that we are lonely, and we need help.


On Motherhood in Learning from Within