AWiB Updates News AWSAD Opens a Safe House in Hawassa
08 Jun

AWSAD Opens a Safe House in Hawassa

The new AWSAD safe house in Hawassa town
The new AWSAD safe house in Hawassa town

AWSAD has inaugurated its fifth safe house in the city of Hawassa on May 13th 2017. The Hawassa safe house, set up with financial support from UNFPA, will have a capacity to serve 30 women and girl survivors of violence coming from the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Like the other AWSAD safe houses, the Hawassa safe house provides comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration services including psychological counselling, skills training, legal follow-up and reintegration. 

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony,Fantaye Gezahegn, Deputy Head of Charities and Societies Agency, said, “Because the only organization in Hawassa that used to provide similar services closed down recently, this new AWSAD safe house is just in time.”

As reiterated by Belayneh Teshome, special advisor to the Mayor, a safe house for women and girl survivors of violence in Hawassa will be very important. As a fast-growing city with an industrial zone that houses dozens of manufacturing companies, Hawassa is the destination of choice for women and girls throughout SNNPR. These migrant women often become vulnerable to violence in their search for employment.

With the opening of the Hawassa safe house, AWSAD will continue to help fill the gap of holistic rehabilitation and reintegration service providers for women and girl survivors of violence in Ethiopia. “AWSAD does the difficult job of helping these women recuperate from their trauma and develop a mindset to start thinking about development,” Fantaye said. 
All key note speakers emphasized the importance of prevention of violence against women and girls, but in the event that it does occur, “A clean, serene place where women can rest and get the chance to think about their future can be everything,” Maria Munir, Executive Director of AWSAD said. Maria also thanked the Hawassa City Administration and the SNNP regional government for their support in the opening of the safe house remarking that her experience of working with government offices in the region was very positive. 
The inauguration was attended by scores of invited guests from donors (UNFPA, UN Women and NPA), the US embassy in Addis Ababa, government representatives and members of AWSAD. 

AWiB would like to proudly acknowledge its partners for the year.