African women and girl’s leadership development and civic engagement are the central components to all of our programs with a key focus on the prevention and elimination of intergenerational, family/domestic, systemic, and gender violence. WWA offers training and educational opportunities for refugee and African immigrant women and girls to become change agents in their communities. To date, WWA has trained and fostered the leadership of over 200 refugee women and girls as advocates for the prevention and elimination of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, promotion of health and wellness, and civic engagement. Central to our value of a violence-free world, WWA offers programs that crosses gender lines, and has partnerships with male-serving organizations; as we acknowledge the importance of engaging men and boys in the work of violence prevention and elimination. Click below to learn more about our programs.
WWA strongly believes in the power of women as leaders in their communities. We help develop refugee and immigrant women and girls in becoming health advocates, as a way for them to learn about disease prevention and promote health awareness, while developing their skills in advocacy and community education, and building self-empowerment. WWA has trained over 100 refugee and immigrant women and youth in the metro-Atlanta area for many years. WWA continues to train and develop future leaders in health promotion and violence prevention through many initiatives. Contact us today for more information on how to participate in this program.
WWA recognizes that civic education is not always included in the orientation component of the resettlement process. We engage refugee and immigrant communities in the metro-Atlanta area to partake in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Citizen Preparation, Voting and Civil Rights Awareness trainings, and other community engagement activities that promote leadership development. We center the development of refugee and immigrant women’s leadership by engaging them in Black heritage learning, participation in local social justice conferences, and by supporting their training needs.
Providing culturally relevant, civic engagement, and violence prevention programming and initiatives for refugee, newly-arriving immigrant, and first generation youths in the metro-Atlanta area is key to WWA’s goals in achieving our mission. Through partnerships with local African faith and community based organizations, WWA provides programming and essential social support for refugee youth, and have provided opportunities for youth to develop their leadership skills by participating in various social justice conferences and initiatives. Contact us today for more information.
The majority of African immigrant and refugee women and girls experience enormous difficulty in adjusting to the cultural differences in the U.S. Women who speak English receive less social support and fewer services because of the mistaken notion that since they know the language, they are better able to negotiate a system that is totally foreign to them. The purpose of our economic justice programs are to empower African immigrant and refugee women and girls to become economically self-reliant and independent. This programming is implemented through empowerment sessions, non-traditional vocational training, and community awareness. Additionally, we provide social support in identifying and addressing socio-cultural barriers in accessing job placement economic and training opportunities in the U.S. Contact us today for more information.
The majority of the women we serve have gone through the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, and as such, are not able to negotiate unwanted medical procedures during child birth. As part of our Reproductive Justice work, WWA is working to train local healthcare providers on cultural sensitivity while serving refugee women who have gone through the practice. WWA will implement a series of clinician trainings on how to best serve this community. Stay Tuned!