Build Hope and Skills for Refugee Women, S. Africa



Empower refugee women facing discrimination and poverty to learn skills in writing, computers, and drama. A Life Writing Project provides women with new skills, a support network and a way to heal.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Thousands of women have fled to Cape Town in recent years in order to escape persecution, war, and violence in their home countries. But once in South Africa they face new challenges: homelessness, unemployment, poverty, trauma, and xenophobia. The first step towards being able to face their challenges is having a safe, supportive space where they can be accepted and share their stories. Once empowered, the women can be effective advocates on behalf of themselves and fellow refugees.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project provides some of the most marginalized women in South African society with the life-altering support to share experiences, voice their rights, and raise awareness of refugees.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project is one of WWWA’s four innovative programs dedicated to refugee women’s economic development and empowerment. These unique programs give voice to refugee women and help reduce xenophobia and discrimination against refugee communities.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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WWWA - Whole World Women Association

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Build Hope and Skills for Refugee Women, S. Africa
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