Stronger Together

Stronger Together is a women’s empowerment and advocacy project implemented by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta in partnership with the Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF) and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

The overall goal of the project is to enhance the quality of life of women living in institutional settings (Open Centres and homeless/DV shelters) by working with them to improve the policies, structures and services which impact their lives.

As part of this project, project staff will work with a group of 10-15 women from different backgrounds, to train and empower them to raise awareness of their needs and the challenges they face and to advocate directly on issues of concern to them, thus increasing their sense of agency and control over their future and combating disempowerment and helplessness.

This project builds on previous JRS Malta projects with refugee women focusing on empowerment for advocacy. However it envisages longer-term engagement with a view to advocating for specific improvements on issues of concern identified by the women themselves over a three-year period, between October 2015 and September 2018.

Through the partnership with Women’s Rights Foundation, this project broadens the scope of previous advocacy projects by focusing on the challenges and obstacles to self-sufficiency faced by all women residing in institutional settings, rather than exclusively on the challenges faced by one particular category – e.g. migrants and asylum seekers or victims of DV in isolation.

It is our hope that in this way we will be better able to advocate for comprehensive broad-based solutions as opposed to piecemeal responses to these challenges.

Through this project we also hope to:

  • Create a framework for sustained, coherent and consistent collaborative engagement in advocacy and awareness raising by women living in different institutional settings and the CSOs supporting them;
  • Generate increased awareness and understanding of the realities, needs and challenges faced by women in institutional settings;
  • Formulate recommendations for improvements in policies, structures and services based on the experiences of women living in institutional settings;
  • Develop and implement an advocacy and communications strategy in order to advocate more effectively for change and make the voices of women heard in for a where decisions directly impacting on their lives are taken.
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