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.

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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

Work Options for Women (WOW) 2013 Grantee

Posted on July 21, 2013

Imagine being a single mom with no skills, needing to provide for yourself and your child. Or suppose you are a victim of domestic violence, needing to break away and make your way in the world, or perhaps you find yourself among the homeless. What will happen to you? World Day of Prayer works to … Continue reading Work Options for Women (WOW) 2013 Grantee

Celebrate the Fourth by Welcoming the Stranger!

Posted on July 03, 2013

The 2013 WDP theme of welcoming the stranger feels poignant in these days around the July 4 national holiday.  As we remember that this place is a nation of immigrants, we also remember our country’s history of privileging one group over others, who became outsiders.  What better way to celebrate freedom than to work for … Continue reading Celebrate the Fourth by Welcoming the Stranger!

Happy International Day of Friendship!

Posted on June 30, 2013

Did you know that today is the International Day of Friendship? The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, … Continue reading Happy International Day of Friendship!

Introducing the 2013—2014 Horizons Bible study

Posted on June 27, 2013

Each year Presbyterian Women produce an ecumenical Bible Study based on a theme of current interest and written by a woman.  The study for 2013-2014 focuses on stories that take place in Egypt, the WDP writer country for 2014, and themes of migration and immigration, the WDP theme for 2013.  Perhaps this study could serve … Continue reading Introducing the 2013—2014 Horizons Bible study

June 20: World Refugee Day

Posted on June 20, 2013

With this year’s WDP focus in immigrant and migrant people, we felt it was especially important to lift up World Refugee Day.  Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength … Continue reading June 20: World Refugee Day

Share Your Story: Shivonne

Posted on June 13, 2013

WDP asked Shivonne, from Princeton, NJ, how she got involved in WDP and what keeps her interested. As a member of the Nora F. Taylor Women’s Missionary Society at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, I am always working to engage and serve the local, national, and global community. While I was no … Continue reading Share Your Story: Shivonne

Find your dot: Map of 2013 WDP USA services!

Posted on June 06, 2013

Evaluation forms are still coming in (Didn’t fill one out? Download it here!), but we have a pretty good idea of where out 2013 Services took place. Take a look and see if you can pick out your own “dot on the map!”

Accpeting Applications for 2013 WDP USA Grants Through July 15!

Posted on May 30, 2013

Apply for a WDP USA 2013 Grant! Before submitting an application, please carefully review the eligibility requirements to determine that your organization is qualified for funding from World Day of Prayer, USA.   Then, using the outline below as a guide, please prepare a formal proposal, and email it as one document (Microsoft Word or a … Continue reading Accpeting Applications for 2013 WDP USA Grants Through July 15!

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Claremont, CA

Posted on May 24, 2013

Carolyn Kingshill, a resident of Pilgrim Place in Claremont CA, sent us a report of how her community adapted the WDP materials to be used during their half-hour weekly vespers service. Here at Pilgrim Place our Vespers are 30 minutes in length, and the stage at Decker Hall only accomodates about five people.  Those two … Continue reading One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Claremont, CA

WDP Offerings at work in the Philippines

Posted on May 16, 2013

One of the 2012 WDP USA grants went to International Justice Mission.  The project they requested funding for involves working with women survivors of human trafficking in Cebu, Philippines. On the night they were rescued from trafficking, the high school-aged girls shared their stories with IJM and government social workers. They played games and spent … Continue reading WDP Offerings at work in the Philippines