We help immigrant and refugee women in the Greater DC Metro area participate as new citizens and become self-sufficient by promoting their arts and cultures and creating sustainable livelihoods.

EWI believes in a world in which immigrant and refugee women in the United States and around the world are treated with respect and dignity, and valued and rewarded fairly for their skills, talents and labor. We also believe in the extraordinary power of the arts as a unifying language of communication and multicultural understanding, and a vehicle of integration for newcomers.

We provide a network of support and creates opportunities for immigrant and refugee women and families in the northern Virginia and metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, using the arts as tools of empowerment, communication, cultural understanding, and entrepreneurship.

Our programs include career development, marketing and micro-entrepreneur training, income generating opportunities through teaching, retail and artists markets, and culturally diverse art education and outreach.

~ Get More for What You Give Campaign ~

Until the end of 2009, every donor who gives $25 or more will receive a free EWI Courage Bracelet, handcrafted by Iraqi refugee Zaineb Izzat.

Gifts of $100 or more will be entered into a drawing to win an exclusive gift of a bracelet and matching earrings by designer Kata Witorsch and a hand-painted silk scarf by artist Rabia Naeem Pervez.

To receive a bracelet and be entered in the drawing, donors MUST check the "Share with nonprofit" box on the donation page so we know where to send the gift.

(Visit the EWI Facebook Page to see photos of the bracelet and the drawing prizes.)

1. Empower immigrant and refugee artists to succeed in their personal and professional lives through education, coaching and business development

2. Advance and promote their creative arts while preserving and celebrating their cultural traditions and values

3. Foster public awareness and appreciation for the unique contributions immigrant and refugee people make to life in the Greater DC Metro area