The Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) provides holistic services for women and girls who have survived violence in Ethiopia.

By Liz Ford (The Guardian) | Photographs by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/Womankind |

Women and girls who have been abused need a range of services to help their recovery, including medical care, counseling and legal aid as well as training in life skills and employment, according to a report by Womankind Worldwide, More than a roof. A shelter in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, offers exactly this holistic approach.

More than a roofThe Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) provides holistic services for women and girls who have survived violence in Ethiopia. It supports hundreds of women and girls each year and has two safe houses in the capital, Addis Ababa, and two in Adama. Every few years the association has to move premises to keep the location of its shelters secret.

 

More than a roof Although it has capacity for only 50, the safe house in Addis is supporting more than 80 women and 35 children. Awsad provides 24-hour medical care, counseling, training and legal aid. When they feel ready, residents are encouraged to undertake life skills and employment training, literacy classes, self defense sessions and social activities.

 

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