U student Abby Bossart motivates refugee women get jobs, go back to school, or learn about their rights.

Empowering Refugee Women

When refugee families arrive, the husbands find a job and the children find a school, but the women often get left with nothing to do. Abby Bossart is working to make sure that does not happen in Salt Lake. Bossart, an aspiring medical student at the U, is part of Women of the World (WOW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women refugees thrive after resettlement. Bossart meets with women and their families after being resettled and helps set them up for long-term success.

By focusing on quality rather than quantity Bossart is able to help each woman that comes to her. She either finds the best job possible or urges the women to go back to school. She also educates women on what rights they have and will step in if their rights are being violated. “By looking at each woman as an individual, I can help them in a long-term way,” said Bossart.

Bossart and WOW ensure refugee women and their families have the resources they need to prosper in their new home.

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