Women's Platform

A multinational network of women.

Our Objective

Migrant women fight isolation by sharing opportunities and experiences and thereby transforming their lives to become self-sufficient, engaged members of South African society. We are building a multinational network of women that strengthens individuals to enhance economic independence and integration into the broader South African community. Broadly speaking, the Women’s Platform is a network where women can facilitate connections, share knowledge and resources, and access opportunities. Specifically, the Platform offers a variety of practical peer-led trainings. The network is cultivated through two areas of focus; personal development and financial sustainability.

Accessing the Women’s Platform

To join the Women’s Platform, please sign up at the reception of the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town. We are open Monday-Friday, 9am–4:30pm.

Special Projects

Six Steps of Women’s Platform

The Women’s Platform has four main objectives, which are reached through a six-stage programme. The four main objectives are:

1. To develop a multinational women’s network that serves as a platform for women to access and share resources for personal skills, and business development.

2. To respond to the network’s needs and interests through hosting workshops that relate to health, human rights, leadership, and preparing for work.

3. To support training in personal and professional development.

4. To support training in skills necessary to find employment.

Members Join The Women’s Platform For Twelve Months, In Which They Follow Six Steps:

1. Registration
To register with the Women's Platform, please sign up at reception.
3. Conversation Club
To prepare members of Women’s Platform for the future, it is vital that they have a strong command of English. We reach this goal by collaborating closely with the English School, through a nine-week Conversation Club. This group meets on a weekly basis and engages in conversation practice to grow confident in English language skills.
5. Sector skills training
After completing Personal Development, members of the Women's platform can register for one of five Skills Trainings. These courses are taught by experienced members of the Women's Platform. Each course is R200. Courses are offered in childcare, craft, nails, hospitality, job shadowing and excursions.
2. Open workshops and platform meetings
The Women’s Platform offers Wednesday Open Workshops (three per month) on the topics of health, human rights, leadership, and preparing for work. In addition, the program also offers a women's health clinic and a leadership development group. Saturday's Platform Meetings (six per year) are intended to build a sense of community among the women.
4. Personal Development
Women who register with the Women's Platform must take part in a Personal Development course. This runs for two days per week for four weeks. It includes topics such as communication, conflict resolution, integration, and professionalism.
6. Mentorship and individualised support
Once a member completes a Sector Skills Training, the Women’s Platform offers individualised work-readiness support, assistance with professional goals, a small business course, site visits and peer mentorship.

Volunteer With Womens' Platform

Our volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.

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