Although the apartheid system was brought to an end over a decade ago, many South African women and refugee women still suffer the effects of racial and gender discrimination. In such conditions which already make them extremely vulnerable, rape and other forms of violence against women are prevalent crimes in South African society. It is often a daily struggle for survival, but WWWA is giving refugee women a place to find peace, restore dignity, and acquire life-long skills that will lead to independence.
The WWWA Empowerment Center opened its doors in 2011 to 30 women! The Empowerment Center is providing capacity-building assistance to refugee women, helping to shape their own future. Here, they become educated and empowered to lead healthy and independent lives by engaging in activities such as sewing, beading, and computer skills training.
The Empowerment Center has successfully served as a save space for refugee women, giving them courage to learn, not only new skills, but to learn how to effectively market their newly acquired skills to potential employers.
Among the 30 members, two of the members have been elected to assist in the on-going training of women, as well as serving as professional mentors and counselors.
Some of the women pictured here are beneficiaries of WWWA's training programs.
Help WWWA increase their services and skills training programs. With your contribution, you help refugee women move toward self-sufficiency, take control of their own lives and establish a future of peace and dignity, free from violence and discrimination!