Sexual Based Violence and Human Trafficking
WE International from its inception has been about addressing sexual-based violence and human trafficking of women and girls. WEI has supported or started programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Congo (DRC), Lebanon, and Uganda.
At WE International we are about empowering and strengthening women. We believe when we empower women, communities are transformed. In many parts of the world women suffer the most. WE International works towards empowering women on a number of fronts:
WEI helps rescue women from sex trafficking, gender-based violence, oppression, and poverty.
WEI empower women through microfinance, entrepreneur training, and education.
Uganda - WE Restore Aftercare Center
In 2020-21 we are seeking to establish a new aftercare center in Uganda.
Approximate cost for phase one: $36,000 to establish a new restorative home in Uganda. This budget includes rent, furnishings, and staff for one year.
Approximate cost for phase two: $200,000 to build a home in Uganda in the next two years. Building a home as opposed to buying a home is much more economical.
Uganda lies at the heart of the African Great Lakes region and sits on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria.
Uganda is an important destination in the region for trade and tourism. However, growing economic disparity and lack of employment opportunities have also resulted in making the population vulnerable to the crime of human trafficking. Traffickers in Uganda often use threats and violence to compel victims to engage in commercial sex acts or to work in their businesses. The criminal justice system in the country is not yet adequately equipped to deal with this serious crime. In the absence of a credible risk of jail time, traffickers are emboldened to prey on victims with impunity
The Feminine Hygiene Initiative Program
WEI works to address this need by educating girls and women regarding feminine health through increased knowledge and sustainable practices. These women receive sexual education through lesson plans, gaining knowledge regarding the female reproductive system, from menstruation to safe sex options. Accompanying the education, the women learn how to sew their own reusable sanitary pads as a sustainable way to increase access to feminine products. These pads are a major tool for keeping girls in school. Often girls drop out of school because they fall behind not attending due to adequate supplies to address their period.
Medical support to Survivors - Congo (DRC)
WEI is helping to fund fistula surgeries and restorative counseling for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
Survivors of rape or obstetric fistula in the DRC usually have serious medical problems. The majority of them are often abandoned by their husbands and can be ostracized by their communities. The psychological trauma, sense of shame, frequently accompanied by psycho-social struggles, and isolation tends to overwhelm the survivor. Through WEI's partnership, the hospital identifies survivors and connects them with vital medical care, psychological, social, and spiritual restorative care.