Women's Empowerment

10 women change-makers from AFSC’s history

Anna Cox Brinton

Anna Cox Brinton

Anna Cox Brinton, a Quaker and classics scholar, helped feed children after WWII and went on to serve on AFSC boards and committees for most of her adult life.

Playing and Practicing Peace in Baltimore

Children playing with a ball

AFSC's Youth Program Director, Mia Jones discusses her work in the Baltimore public school system and how various programs have raised a particular group of girls' sense or empowerment.

Somali Bantu Stories

Women welders work with iron and fire

Iron and fire are normally left for men to work at to produce hoes, shovels, axes, window frames, door frames, and wheelbarrows; traditionally this trade is out-of-bounds for women.

After all, they say, women do not have the muscle: tender and soft they are made only to love and care.

Blacksmithing in Action!!

Women's Empowerment in the Zimbabwean Livelihoods Project

Patricia Zeka demonstrates the use of a 4 pound sledge hammer whilst, trainer, Edwin Mpandawana assists. She is one of the four women who constitute the 'Pisa Pisa' welding and blacksmithing group which is part of the livelihoods programme in Hatcliffe Extension, Zimbabwe.

Blacksmithing in Action!!

Women's Empowerment in the Zimbabwean Livelihoods Project

Patricia Zeka Demonstrates the use of a 4 pound sledge hammer whilst Edwin Mpandawana, her trainer, assists. She is part of the Hatcliffe Extension 'Pisa Pisa' welding and blacksmithing group.

Pisa Pisa

Patricia Zeka demonstrates the use of a 4 pound sledge hammer with her trainer

“Pisa Pisa” The Passionate and Phenomenal Women of Hatcliffe Extension

Anita Burundi FWA

Woman smiling

Anita participated in a series of workshops by AFSC-Burundi partner, Friends Women's Association. The trainings looked at a holistic approach to rebuilding lives after conflict: trauma healing, conflict mediation, support groups and income generation.

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