WHOLE WORLD WOMEN ASSOCIATION
WHO ARE WE
Whole World Women Association is a multicultural non profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. It was founded by a remarkable group of refugee women, supported by South African women, who had experienced first hand the need for more comprehensive refugee services specifically addressing women in Cape Town. The organisation works to empower refugee women and children by offering a wide range of services.
The organisation started off as a women support group where refugee women in Cape Town (South Africa) could meet to discuss their issues. As the needs of many in this vulnerable group, there was a need take action to improve their situation. From this humble beginning it was formally established in 2007 as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
WWWA works to empower and support the large and often overlooked community of refugee, asylum seeking, and migrant women in South Africa. These women face incredible and complex challenges in relocating and many have faced gross injustices. Our clients also face discrimination at different levels. They are discriminated as women, as refugees, as foreigners as people living with HIV/AIDS, as unemployed, as poor people, and also as children. Our women have a burden of caring for their children. Refugee women face major adjustment issues as well as trauma related stress, which is rooted in their experiences of being refugees living in a foreign country. Additionally some migrants face discrimination coming from various actors: sometimes from their own families, communities, and unfortunately also from the public, including government departments, health facilities, and the law enforcement officials. WWWA is determined to address these challenges as well as the serious problem of xenophobia within South Africa in hopes of eradicating it one day.
WWWA hopes to create and promote solidarity among all women from all walks of life throughout the country. The goal is for refugee, asylum seeking, and migrant women to experience restored dignity, increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-reliance. These women deserve a fair chance to re-establish their lives and WWWA works to support these women in any way possible. All programs created by WWWA programmes carefully developed to respond to the complex needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, their children and families with a primary aim to create measurable positive and long lasting impacts on their lives. The organisation offers a range of services including helping them access a range of free and subsides services, educating them and supporting them in the field of women’s rights, health and skills development.
Our vision is to achieve a world in which all women can enjoy equality and dignity.
We seek to make a lasting and meaningful change for people seeking refuge by ensuring their human rights upheld facilitating a smooth integration process with the local communities they stay in.
Assist all refugees regardless of race, religion, gender, health or sexuality.
Empower refugees and foster their independence and self-determination
Engage, educate and work with the community as the key to creating social change and integration.
Work from a social justice model that is committed to human rights
Value an organisational culture which is responsive to the needs and wants of refugees and involves volunteers as the heart of our work force.