"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."  - Kofi Annan


UNHCR in partnership with Hand In Hand Southern Africa (HIH) is implementing the Livelihoods and Self Reliance Project for Refugees in South Africa from January 2020 - December 2020. The Livelihood project will give support to refugees through advocacy and lobbying interventions that promote social cohesion in targeted communities, self-employment and employment support.

Any person interested in participating in the project must meet the following criteria:

1. Must have a valid Section 24 Refugee Permit and/or RSA ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs

2. Must be between 18 years and 55 years of age•Must be residing in Johannesburg or Pretoria for the duration of the project

3. Must not have been supported by UNHCR under the previous livelihoods projects

4. Must demonstrate commitment to fully participate in the project activities during the project implementation period

5. Persons with Asylum seeker permits or permanent residence permits do not qualify

6. For self-employment support, candidates must have been operating a business for a period of at least a year

19 November 2019


De Beers And Musina Municipality Empower Women

Over 200 women from Musina Local Municipality graduated from the Acceleration of Women-Owned Micro-Enterprises (AWOME) programme at ceremonies in Masisi and Musina. The AWOME programme is a partnership between De Beers Group, UN Women the Musina Local Municipality and carried out by local NGO Hand in Hand Southern Africa.

Officiating at the ceremony in Musina, the Mayor Councillor Mihloti Ethel Muhlope said it was important that women are equipped with relevant knowledge so that they can run their businesses better, become suppliers within their various value chains, and be part of job creation. "We must make sure that women are organised and ready to access opportunities and empower themselves economically. We have a problem with unemployment and women can be a solution by staying committed to their businesses." 

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