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A DOOR OF HOPE FOR ZIMBABWE’S MOST COURAGEOUS WOMEN

Posted on September 30, 2016

Violence against women and children is a common phenomenon in Zimbabwe. It occurs, both in the private and public spheres, catalysed by a number of factors that stem from the way in which society is structured. These factors include culture, tradition, religion, politics, and the economy. These factors contribute to shaping societal perceptions of why violence against women occurs, how society perceives the victim and the perpetrator, and how society responds to address cases of violence against women. Amidst all the other forms of violence against women such as wife battering and ritual killings, rape and other forms of sexual violence are becoming increasing social ills in Zimbabwean society.

In 2009 a group of courageous rape survivors organized The Doors of Hope Development Trust to address the psychological needs of women who underwent a series of human rights violations and to help them develop their own potential to handle post-traumatic events of rape or sexual abuse through Trauma Healing Workshops and group awareness discussions.

See:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vThYv6rUP344   (youtube clip)

Also see: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/zimbabwe/fuller-text

The Tree of Life (ToL), a Zimbabwean non-profit that provides group based approaches to healing and empowering survivors of organized violence and torture, has supported Doors of Hope as they emerge into a more self-sustaining group. Tree of Life is facilitated by survivors themselves and uses the tree as a metaphor to provide a framework for understanding the trauma experience as well as strategies for empowerment. During the last two years the ToL has been working carefully and cautiously with Doors of Hope and by the end of last year had trained four of their senior members in conducting healing workshops. Currently the Doors of Hope is comprised of 5 volunteer staff and a membership of approximately 375 women from around Zimbabwe.

With WDP’s support, Doors of Hope will be one step closer to extending its outreach to other women survivors through trauma healing workshops, sensitization/advocacy meetings around the country and capacity-building/organization development training for Doors of Hope staff.

Tree of Life/Doors of Hope is a World Day of Prayer grant recipient

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Posted on January 09, 2014

An estimated 27 million people are trafficked globally on an annual basis, the largest percentage being women and children. Human trafficking is growing in the crime industry, second in scope only to the drug trade and equal to arms.  Revenue from human trafficking is estimated at more than $32 billion annually.” * While awareness of … Continue reading January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Missed our webinar? Catch up online!

Posted on December 03, 2013

We had such a great time with those of you who were able to connect to our first-ever webinars the week before Thanksgiving!  Many of you were not able to connect in real time, so we’re offering the following ways to catch what you missed! 1. If you have a PC, download the recording of … Continue reading Missed our webinar? Catch up online!

“Umulga” SHe-Space: women and men working together for gender justice

Posted on November 01, 2013

 Cross-posted from the World Council of Churches website. 01 November 2013 By J. Ayana McCalman The World Council of Churches (WCC) has devoted 60 years of active commitment to gender justice. The WCC  10th Assembly being held in Busan, Republic of Korea is continuing the campaign for advocacy for gender justice. The WCC, in partnership … Continue reading “Umulga” SHe-Space: women and men working together for gender justice

Offerings in Action

Posted on October 24, 2013

A Door of Hope for Zimbabwe’s Most Courageous Women Violence against women and children is a common phenomenon in Zimbabwe. It occurs, both in the private and public spheres, catalyzed by a number of factors that stem from the way in which society is structured. These factors include culture, tradition, religion, politics, and the economy. … Continue reading Offerings in Action

WDP Offerings at Work

Posted on October 21, 2013

Recently we received a report from 2012 WDP Grantee, Work Options for Women. WOW is a culinary job training program designed to help disadvantaged individuals move out of poverty by helping them obtain entry-level employment in the food service industry. They target disadvantaged women who have multiple barriers to employment: little to no work experience, … Continue reading WDP Offerings at Work

Announcing: 2014 Preparation Webinars!

Posted on October 12, 2013

This year, WDP USA will host a free planning and preparation webinar! This webinar will provide basic information about World Day of Prayer and some specific information about planning for your 2014 service. Webinars will be held at three times: Wednesday, November 20 at 5pm Eastern Thursday, November 21 at 10am Eastern Thursday, November 21 … Continue reading Announcing: 2014 Preparation Webinars!

Announcing: 2014 WDP Materials!

Posted on September 19, 2013

Click on the “Egypt 2014” tab above for more information on the 2014 theme, ordering materials, and planning your service!

Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace

Posted on September 19, 2013

This Saturday, celebrate the International Day of Peace! In a ceremony on Wednesday, the United Nations observed this day of peace by emphasizing the importance of education for peace: “There are currently 57 million children that do not have access to education, and millions more that need better schooling. [UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon] … Continue reading Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace

Online Store now open!

Posted on September 12, 2013

Get a jump on planning for World Day of Prayer by ordering your leader’s guide from the online store!  Just click on “Store” above!  All other materials will be available soon.

Prayers for Egypt

Posted on August 16, 2013

Sisters, the following letter comes from the World Day of Prayer International Committee, asking for our prayers for Egypt in this turbulent time.