Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Program
Refugee and other migrant women and girls are the primary caregivers of the children RCP assists. Meaningful and lasting improvements in the children’s lives cannot be achieved in isolation from the needs of their caregivers. This project aims to ensure the successful integration of refugee women and girls by enhancing their levels of safety and assisting them to become self-reliant. The key interventions include arrangement of temporary shelters and facilitation of access to health, economic, social and other resources or services.
The programme will focus on the promotion of refugee women’s rights, including:
- Reproductive health rights;
- Rights to protection from violence and abuse, including domestic violence;
- Right to equality of access and treatment;
- Right to control over their lives, bodies and working conditions;
- Right to protection against sexual exploitation;
- Right to access to information through training and education;
- Right to support themselves through income-generation and self-reliance activities.
Through its income-generation work, RCP assists refugee women to become self-reliant, providing small business loans, entrepreneurship training, job placements and other related services. The program also provides vocational skills training to women and girls, such as sewing and tailoring, beadworks, small business management, and will be extended depending on the needs of the women beneficiaries.
RCP runs a vocational skills centre for women, which assists 20 women and girls annually.
This program me’s objective is to empower refugee women and teenage girls, with different skills, and enhance women’s confidence, self-esteem, improve their occupational business and entrepreneurship skills. It helps them generate income, to build better lives for their families; and give them hope and opportunities, after experiencing many challenges in their host country.
Every year, RCP enrolls at least 20 tailoring students, who are undergoing a six month tailoring course. The women are divided into 2 groups of 10. Group 1 has classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and group 2, has their classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The women, mostly single parents, who have children and have no bread winners or support from any organisation, are given priority to receive a six month tailoring course in order to make them self-sufficient.
The course empowers the women to be self-sufficient, rather than depending on hand outs from charities. Since the beginning of the training, RCP has a;ready supported more than 160 women who have so far undergone the tailoring training and some of them are running small tailoring shops and others are employed in tailoring shops. These women have brought a breath of fresh air in their families, since they are now bringing income for the families. This is a great achievement to RCP.
RCP is hoping to provide graduates with machines and some material, so that they can start small businesses. This can only be achieved, if funding is available.