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Social Cohesion

One of South Africa’s biggest problems in refugee resettlement is xenophobia. WWWA tackles this by building solidarity between refugees and local women. Building Bridges is a social integration project that seeks to build a genuine friendship between refugee and migrant women with native women in South Africa. The project brings together local women and migrant/refugee women through social events and women’s dialogues promoting social cohesion and solidarity among them. In these dialogues, women talk about their commonalities and differences, get to learn each other’s history, their origins, and their struggles as women.


Women from both communities have also built friendships and shared family ties (children of South African and migrant women even stay in each other’s homes). Another positive aspect of this program is an exchange of skills, learning from others, as well as sharing knowledge. 


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