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Compassion CBO

Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas of Kenya and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo



COFAPRI is registered in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Grassroots News

Safe World Field Partner, work directly with issues such as poverty, health-care, marginalisation, FGM, child marriage, and education.

Asha Leresh

How Asha Survived the Unnecessary Cut

Asha’s luck came when Samuel Siriria Leadismo, the Director of Pastoralist Child Foundation and his team visited her village, creating awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual reproductive health....

Washing Hands to Improve Health in Rural DR Congo

COFAPRI organised handwashing sessions for school children and mothers in rural villages, with the aid of educational DVDs kindly supplied by Thare Machi Education. The word has begun to spread as neighbours are now prompting each other to wash their hands.
Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces Crucial for Women's Self-Reliance in Rural DR Congo

Increased security helps women become self-reliant and less financially dependent on their husbands. This improves the situation for the whole family and also means the women are less vulnerable to abuse.
Towards womens empowerment

DR Congo: Men's Inclusion in Women's Empowerment Benefits Everyone

It remains very important within communities for men and boys to be educated regarding the rights of women and girls, including their proper, fair and respectful treatment. When the women and girls become empowered, it is the whole community that benefits.
Margaret from Kiambu Support Group

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Margaret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

New Womens Magazine for Cameroon

The first edition of the Women for a Change Magazine is now available.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

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The Need for Victim Compensation Programmes - Pakistan and Globally

Globally, victim compensation programmes play a significant role in providing assistance to the victims of violence... however, in Pakistan we are lacking any such programme. It is high time to take serious note of the issue and develop a strong referral…
Lizzy and Victoria

Peace, Dialogue & the Ripple Effect: #RISING16 Global Peace Forum

Perhaps the most inspiring session for me came towards the end of the two days and was entitled ‘Bring back our girls – the forgotten victims of conflict’... We heard the CEO of International Alert, Harriet Lamb, and Victoria Nyanjura - who was kidnapped by…
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Olutosin Adebowale: To America With Love

Once upon a time in my country, Nigeria, there was a ruler who was dreaded by many... We resisted and said No to every oppressive action or word to any weak or voiceless Nigerian... This is the time to stand firm on what has held the world together - Love.
Berlyne Ngwalem Ngwentah

Berlyne Ngwentah: 'The Biggest Cheerleaders of Women are Women'

All the most prominent, biggest community and feminist movements to alleviate the sufferings of women and girls and support women’s involvement in education and leadership have been championed mostly by women...
Jen 9

Promoting Misogyny, Zenophobia, and Bullying... is.... Nasty

I cannot ever vote for anyone who promotes misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, zenophobia, homophobia... It would be a mockery of my life... dishonoring my elders who have endured the many injustices of racial animosity, my friends who've experienced the same...
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Women United for a Better Community in High Andean of Peru

“Women United for a Better Community” is a new group of grassroots women in the Ayacucho Region at the South High Andean of Peru, recently created by Estrategia, a National Grassroots women's organization. The grassroots women require to be heard and get the…


By Hina Gul, Human Resources Manager, October 2012

'Empowered Tribal Sister'

A first meeting was held with the forum Takra Qabayali Khwende (TQK). Takra Qabayali Khwende is a Pashto phrase that means "Empowered Tribal Sister".

TQK is a new established forum of like-minded individuals and organisations wanting to improve the situation of tribal women, children and communities in FATA. FATA is the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and SAWERA is a founding member of this forum.

Different local organisations and forums attended the meeting with SAWERA staff members in which “TQK” ideas were shared by different organisations about how to make the forum more effective.

SAWERA shared their ideas on how they can make changes in the situation of tribal women and children, and how to make connect with other networks and forums.

Good Governance

SAWERA staff members attended a two-day workshop about “Good Governance” in Islamabad, arranged by CARE International.

The workshop was very interesting and relevant to the community's needs and issues. Topics of discussion included legal implications for roles, ethics, values, and leadership. Staff members also received other information about  how they can find relevant courses and how to do stakeholder's analysis. Ideas were shared among other organizations and what they did in the context of governance.

Mohsin's Story

From Anxiety to Ambition

Mohsin Begam lives in village Agra Bala, UC (union council) Agra, alone.

As she has grown older, the death of her husband had made her life quite miserable. Socially neglected and marginalized, Mohsin Begam used to depend on charity from neighbours.

Mohsin told SAWERA staff that after the death of her husband, gradually all her relatives deserted her and she was all alone. Her situation further worsened when her entire savings dried up.

She says that many times, she even had to sleep without food.

Making-clothesUltimately, having gone through such a miserable situation, Mohsin Begam turned quite anxious about her future as she had tested all her relatives, but she could secure no support from anyone. She realized that she could not go ahead and make any progress until she herself did something.

Lessons which she had learned after the death of her husband generated in her a commitment to improve her situation, and made her ambitious to do something about it.

Mohsin Begam has sufficient skills in tailoring, particularly in making children's clothing. She decided to start vocational training for her neighbors' girls and in this way, she has generated a small amount of income.

Now, she is planning to establish a vocational center at her home and will purchase two more sewing machines, embroidery frames, and raw materials for the center with the cash grant paid to her by SAWERA.

Winning Over the Parents

Initially, at the start of her endeavor,  people in the area didn’t permit their daughters to participate in vocational training.

Parents with the stereotypical attitude toward girls behaved negatively and were of the view that there is no advantage to sending daughters to any such center or institution because one day, they will get married and will have to do house chores.

This was the one big challenge for Mohsin Begam; she started meeting personally with them and she motivated parents to allow their daughters to get vocational skills, as one can face financial problems at any stage of life and this skill will help their daughters in supporting their families, even after their marriages.

She gave them her own example; she proved quite convincing and cogent, and now a number of girls are getting training on stitching and embroidery.

Dignity Restored

As noted above, after the death of her husband, Mohsin was in the worst condition, both financially and socially, because of very low income. She became totally dependent on charity. She used to look to the neighbors and relatives for help; she also told SAWERA of  a situation, when she was ill and she couldn’t go to the doctor because there was not a single penny at home.

Now, after starting this vocational center at her home, she is able to earn bread and butter for herself. She believes that her work has restored her dignity and respect. Today, after meeting all home expenses, she saves Rs 2000/- a month.

The First Vocational Center

In union council Agra, village Agra Bala, there was no vocational institution available until Mohsin Begam had taken steps to establish vocational center for the first time.

There has been a lot of opposition from some corners; however, several needy families – particularly, widows and orphans, have wanted to acquire skills and start home-based enterprises.

Previously, due to unavailability of such vocational centers, women who were interested in gaining such skills, mostly had to move to the city or send their daughters to vocational centers located in urban centers. This added transportation costs, in addition to fees and miscellaneous expenses, incurred on a girl’s education.

With the introduction of the vocational center by Mohsin Begam, now people will have easy access,  and  mobility is no more a problem.

Expert Skills & Knowledge

Mohsin Begam is an expert in stitching and in making clothes for children. She believes that the skill that she carries is much needed in the market, and she is disseminating her knowledge and skill that will help promote the garments sector in Charsadda.