WCI News


WOMEN'S Group Starting February 1st.

A new Women’s Group to discuss 
topics important to making the best of our lives.

The group will meet the First Friday  of each month with a new topic  to keep us connected and inspired.

No fee.  Beverages and snacks provided.


1st meeting:  Structure for Our Days

Date:     Friday Feb 1

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Place:  1651 Adeline St.  Second Floor    Oakland, CA 94607

Contact:   510-823-2120  Susan@WomensCentersIntl.org


Our Holiday fundraising campaign

Nov 6, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Jenny Sowry has joined WCI's Board of Directors.  

An experienced Executive Director in the International Development arena, Jenny  creates a collective vision to launch programs toward measurable success. With a Masters degree in Intercultural Relations, Jenny works to bridge the gaps between cultures in  mitigating conflict and promoting social justice. Jenny’s North Star is to lift people from poverty and empower them to bring change to their communities.


October 2018

WCI's new office is located on the second floor of  the beautiful  Victorian in DeFremery Park, West Oakland, CA

August 2018

Baraka Women's Center in Nairobi has moved to a new large site in Ngara, Nairobi, Kenya.   

New staff include Wanjiru Ngigi, Program Director, and Caroline Waiyega, Office Manager

Sept 2017

Oakland Women's Center has teamed up with SparkPoint to provide individual financial coaching to members.

July 29, 2017  

Smart Women, Smart Money Conference

CSU - East Bay Campus

June 19, 2017

Oakland Women's Bazaar

 Supporting local women artisans and their businesses

Jan 21, 2017

The Women's March Oakland

A lot of us were there but, in the crush, we didn't all connect.  

100,000 marchers!

Congratulations to our Program Manager Alison Mata for her amazing work as co-lead organizer of the Oakland March.

January 17, 2017

 Published in The East Bay Express 'Letters to Donald Trump"

I Am the Essence of Love 

by Regina Shipman, OWC Member Services                                                        

(Ode to Mr. Captain of the ships of fools)

I am not your convenient vagina, not your booty call, not your punching bag, or the brunt of your jokes, your sick excuse of a reason! On the contrary, I am the opposite of hate, the complement and birth of the nation — me and my nature, my ovaries, my uterus, my determination. My voice matters. Respect my body (collective) or forever feast on the famine, the rotting flesh of war.

Nov 28, 2016

106 Members of Baraka Women's Center join a march in Nairobi to end sexual violence against women.

 Oct 6, 2016

 Baraka Women entrepreneurs show their products to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at the MSEA Exhibition.

BWC now provides meeting space and support for eight table banking groups with over 140 members.