Women's Centers International
Home of the Women's Centers Movement
WCI's mission is to foster the creation of safe Centers in resource-poor environments
where women can acquire new skills and necessary support
to generate sustainable income for themselves and their families.
In this way, WCI helps end cycles of poverty and stabilize families, communities, and societies
The Women's Centers Network
Each Center adapts the Women's Center Model to local culture and needs. Key programs include literacy and training for improved livelihoods. All Centers develop trauma-informed psychological support initiatives.
KENYA - Women's Power Center in Northern Kenya (WPC) in Kakuma Refugee camp; in development to serve the needs of displaced women; 150 women registered Jan 2023. Pilot literacy program ongoing.
DR CONGO – Umoja Women's Center, Goma, North Kivu opened July 2022. Bukava Center April 2023. Serving war-displaced women.
UGANDA - Dreams Destined Women Center, Mukono New Center to serve young mothers. Pilot sewing and sweater-making training program in 4th month.
USA - Oakland Women's Center, Oakland CA reopened Dec 2022 as a virtual resource Center, serving primarily women of color in the East Bay area of Northern California.
ZIMBABWE - HOPE Zimbabwe, a collaborator working in Sakubva, one of the slums in Mutare.
The Giving Exchange is fundraising for the Baraka Centers Sept 1 through Dec 31 2023.
KENYA – Baraka Women's Center, Nairobi
Eleven years in operation with 1,242 registered members and a growing business enterprise, Baraka Mtido Fashion Accessories (BMFA).
KENYA - Baraka 2, BWC's sister Center in Rumuruti, Laikipia County, began development in February 2022 and launched in April 2023 to serve pastoralist women, including Maasai, Samburu, and Turkana; currently more than 800 members are registered for training in tailoring, beadwork, salon skills, and computer literacy.
The Women's Centers Guide
Best practices for establishing and operating a Women’s Center in environments where women are marginalized by conflict and poverty. The Women's Centers Model can be adapted across cultures and demographic contexts.
New Member of the WCI Team
Mercy Kamau, MPH
has joined WCI as lead fundraiser and, in early 2024, will take over as Executive Director.
See more here
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This 24-minute film takes you on an exploration of Nairobi’s slums with the women who live there, and to Baraka Women’s Center, the amazing place where they discover their gifts, choose their path, and deploy their powers.