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Capacity Building Programme for Refugee Women’s Organisations
Refugee Women’s Association has been committed to developing and
building the capacity of small refugee women’s organisations, in
particular to enable them to access and assist individual women
in their communities, thus empowering women.
We have been assisting refugee women’s groups on a one to one
basis and disseminating quality information, which is directly relevant
to them. The advice service deals with such issues as fundraising,
constitutions, applications to the Charity Commission, recruitment,
premises and lobbying.
- This is done through the dissemination of quality information,
directly relevant to refugee organisations
- This is done through providing one to one advice and guidance
on setting up and managing the organisation, developing relevant
policies, producing effective publicity, recruitment, fund-raising,
lobbying, marketing and other issues.
- This is done through the promotion of networking and partnerships
amongst refugee women’s organisations and other services.
- The Capacity Building Programme that RWA offers has been designed
specially for refugee women’s organisations and women sections
of community organisations. The programme takes cultural difference
and the difference in social order between nations into consideration.
- It is designed according to the needs of refugee women’s organisations.
- It is developed after long consultation in which many of the
refugee women’s organisations and women’s sections of refugee
community organisations took part.
- It is a culture and gender sensitive programme.
- It consists of theoretical information and one to one assistance.
For more information, please contact Feride Baycan
@ RWA on 020 7923 2412
Let's Build Up: New Capacity-Building Training Programme by RWA
We have very recently added training to our programme: Let's Build Up consists of theoretical information and practical workshops, followed by surgeries and accompanied by a capacity building pack. It is a gender and culture sensitive programme that is designed to meet the needs of refugee women's groups.
The training project is designed to especially for groups representing different cultures
The course runs from October 2003 until May 2004. There are
12 topics in total with each topic lasting 2 days:
- Managing a Womens Organisation
- Volunteers and User Involvement
- Strategic Development and Business Planning
- Developing Fundraising Strategies
- Project Development and Proposal Writing
- Funding Applications: UK Trusts
- Funding Applications: Government Funding
- Funding Applications: EU Funding
- Recruitment and Staff Structures
- Partnership and Networking
- Financial Procedures and Controls
- Producing Effective Publicity
If you are a womens organisation or group and are interested
in participating in the programme, please contact Feride Baycan
@ RWA on 020 7923 2412
What the groups we work with have to say
With us from the start
Nadia Mahmood, Middle East Centre for Women's Rights
We established the Middle East Centre for Women's Rights (also known as the Middle East Centre for Women's Studies and Research) in July 1999 to achieve equal rights for women in Middle Eastern communities. Refugee Women's Association was the first organization we met up with, and the capacity-building programme provided us with essential support right from the beginning.
The first project we wanted to do at MECWR was to publish an Arabic-English women's magazine, but I had no idea how to do that. Where would I start? What to do? Where to go? Whom to speak to? Is publishing a women's magazine even possible in the first place? I headed to RWA's offices with my co-founder Sahar Al-Jaali. Feride drew up our first plan, asking me about our aims and objectives and illustrating all that should be done. She also helped us write our first application for funding. She supported us with planning and identifying needs, and so in many ways has put us on the right path.
RWA also gave us great publicity by interviewing us in the RWA bi-monthly magazine and advertising our activities. This gives us a chance to make known the needs of women in our communities, and to circulate information about our projects.
Now, 5 years after the MECWR started its work with the wonderful support of RWA, we have come to a stage where we work together with RWA as separate but equal women's projects. For example we worked jointly on the subject of domestic violence and honour killing, and I think both organizations benefited from this.
Over the coming months and years, I have got to know other organizations, other women and men, who supported our work enormously. However I always go back to RWA's capacity-building programme. Whether we develop new initiatives, organize a workshop, write proposals or fill in funding applications, RWA have always been there.
Nadia's article was first published in Refugee Women's News Issue 25, October & November 2003.