EWI is a Croatian non-profit women’s organisation formed in 2007 which seeks to support and promote women’s active engagement as change-makers in both faith communities and society at large. EWI focuses on women’s engagement in promoting women’s rights, peacebuilding & reconciliation and faith-based ecumenical & inter-religious cooperation.
The EWI itself grew from the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) programme the Ecumenical Women’s Solidarity Fund (EWSF) which was an initiative of the WCC Women’s Desk. During the period 1993-2007 the EWSF offered tangible support to women victims of war in ex-Yugoslavia through small focused grants. Building on this experience and the positive evaluation of a regionally positioned, indigenous mechanism which enabled a flexible and culturally sensitive source of support for women, the WCC programme was closed and the EWI launched.
The EWI was founded by a group of 5 individuals who themselves benefited directly from EWSF support and who together shared a vision which has become the EWI.