The Eritrean Community Women's Center
ARDC draws your attention to the newly established center for Eritrean women in Tel Aviv which is a new initiative designed and run independently by a group of Eritrean women. Set up in July 2012, the center aims to provide Eritrean women with a safe space as well as access to important services. This center is the first and only one of its kind; utilizing a grass roots approach to support Eritrean women in a fundamental way. The center is directed by Zebib Sultan, an Eritrean refugee who has experience working with women and developing curricula in Eritrea and who has undergone extensive training by Amnesty International Israel.
The center has already come to symbolize a center of support and belonging. The center offers a child care service during the day, enabling refugee women to maintain jobs and to view the women's center as a place with practical implications on their lives. In the evenings, the center functions as a community center offering training and workshops, Art, English and Hebrew classes, as well as open hours where women can come to watch movies, drink coffee, and relax. Additionally, the center hosts the Eritrean Forum on Domestic Abuse once a week. A family planning program, started in February 2013, supports women in accessing different methods of contraception and trains community health workers on the issue.
During 2013, the center plans to dramatically expand its outreach activities within the Eritrean women's community. During the next project period, the center will expand its current projects including domestic abuse, pregnancy and family planning as well as initiate a new program to limit prostitution.
Click here to watch a short video on the center.