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Partner of the Week: SOCWE

Posted in Partner of The Week on August 20, 2021

The Somali Centre for Women Empowerment (SOCWE) was established in 2002, and works to empower women, youth, single mothers, and people with disabilities- particularly from minority and internally displaced communities. They have implemented over 31 projects imparting crucial knowledge, skills training, and equal opportunities for job creation. They also work to raise awareness of gender issues, the importance of gender rights and independence.  


Our Partnership 

SOCWE is one of Aflatoun International’s newest partners, and joined our network in 2020. They have yet to implement an Aflatoun Programmes, but they have been working in social and financial education for many years and regularly train underprivileged youth in vocational skills to increase their employability. They look forward to implementing all the curriculums, in particular AflaYouth and the Child Protection supplement.  

“Financial education is very essential for Somali people because [we] are business-minded and entrepreneurs. Aflatoun Curriculum will enable youth to make their own businesses, find and secure jobs.” — Ahmed Ali, SOCWE Programme Coordinator

Resilience through COVID-19 

Despite their own financial and operational difficulties, SOCWE remained resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, training their graduates in hygiene awareness and social distancing, providing PPE and proper usage training, and educating their graduates’ employers on safe reopening.  They also  provided further support to businesses that employ their graduates by helping them share covid-safe practices with each other in forum spaces.