Women Now Center
Concept: Offering a Safe Place with Proper Conditions and Tools to Empower Syrian Women
Economic, social and cultural empowerment means providing women with the tools they need to express themselves freely. It requires giving them the agency to run their own lives and to plan their futures.
This project and its programs have been designed by Syrian women for Syrian women to meet their needs and develop their potential.
It represent the main project of Women Now For Development
The centers include the following departments:
1. Economic department: offers life-skills course including knitting and sewing, hair dressing, cooking.
2. Educational and cultural department: offers educational courses in English and French, has a literacy program to improve reading, writing, and simple math, ICDL and workshops on women’s development and empowerment. It also contains a library; the cinema hall offers select movies, lectures and seminars.
3. Psychological support department: has a specialized and devoted team providing psycho-social support for traumatized women and children.
4. Social department: provides lectures and workshops on a variety of subjects such as peace-building, women’s rights, women’s empowerment, parenting, conflict resolution, and civic engagement.
Empowering women : An inclusive approach
Inclusion of men and youth in programs: Empowering women to mobilize for greater civic access builds egalitarian structures for the future. From our experiences in the centers we have realized that in order to create real-world change in women’s lives, children, youth and men should also be empowered in the process.
So when possible, centers offers courses to youth and men. They may also be invited to participate in conferences and debates.
Um Mohammed: I am taking a sewing course and I am now able to sew clothes for all of my children. My husband was detained and I am raising our five children alone. Only god knows how I will be able to feed them while we live under siege and there is mass hunger. Today I work from home and earn enough money to feed my children. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the opening of this center and all the employees. I hope the centre will organize embroidery and fashion design courses as well, they would be very useful for my work.
–Um Ghassan: I have taken an English language course at the Women Now Centre. I never finished my schooling as a child due to my father’s conservative ideas, and I always dreamed about learning English and being able to speak it! It was difficult to teach my kids after school and to help them with their homework. At the WNC I became confident, I learned the letters, many words and most of the grammar, now I can teach my children without any problems when they ask me to help them, and of course I am not ashamed of not knowing any more, thanks to the WNC.
“Noor is a young girl of only 16 and sadly she has a hearing problem that makes it difficult for her to learn. Noor does not speak fluently and is difficult to understand. She stopped going to school when the war broke out.
A few months ago she began attending a literacy course, first the introductory level and then the second level. With specialized help from her professors, today Noor is able to write short messages and communicate better. She has gained more self-confidence and has begun taking a hair styling course”.