/Empower victims of sexual violence through training and microfinance in Somalia
In partnership with Somali Women and Child Care Association / United Nations
Somali Women and Child Care Association (SWCCA) was founded in 2012 by a group of Somali women from diverse backgrounds. SWCCA focuses on survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and war-born girls, and has a team that works in selected areas of Mogadishu with communities and survivors, with a focus on prevention and recovery intervention.
Restrictions on movements and the reduction of services linked to the Covid-19 crisis have considerably increased the risks of violence for women and girls. Since the start of the pandemic, Somalia has seen a record number of calls to domestic violence helplines. As families experience increased stress and reduced mobility, intimate partner violence increases. With limited job opportunities and a scarcity of resources, women and girls are even more vulnerable to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse.
The project :
The objective of this project is to give self-confidence to survivors and girls born of war rape, by providing them with the necessary skills to obtain employment opportunities or create their own micro-enterprise, through a 3-months training in business skills to 40 survivors and starter kits to start their own small businesses.
The project continues in 2021 with the training of 30 survivors in business skills. In 2022, an other session on income-generating activities with 30 survivors is funded by Stand Speak Rise Up!.