Improving Women's Lives through Skills Training PDF Print

Mogadishu, Somalia -"It is through knowledge that one could leave the dark times behind," says Zamzam*, one of the 30 women in the skills training programme with Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC).

Basic literacy was taught to the women as a foundation for other skills that will contribute to improved livelihoods.


These women, all survivors of gender based violence are forming bonds that are being strengthened by common experience.  During a session in February one of the survivors talked of how learning to read and write is changing their interaction, "we can now text each other on the phone." This is remarkable given that a few months ago she could neither read nor write.

Zamzam a 42-year-old mother is proud to write her own name and do simple calculations when doing her shopping at the local market.  She is enthusiastic about making sure her children get an education, "I have become a teacher to my children! I want to ensure they also learn to read and write." Zamzam is optimistic about the future; she wants to start a tailoring business, "I know it will not be easy but I am ready for any challenges that come my way."

 

For Ubah*, the training has given her a means to provide for her two children. The 24-year-old is applying henna on her neighbours for a fee. The Henna decorations skills teacher commended her for being both creative and eager to learn.


Ubah also took part in cooking classes, "I will use the knowledge I got about food to make more nutritious meals for my children," she said.
The classes contributed to the improvement of her social skills as well, "I was able to make friends in the class and now I have people with similar backgrounds to lean on."

 

*pseudonym used for privacy
Story courtesy of  SWDC
http://swdcsom.org/

 

 

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