Women's haven to heal war memories

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pretoria - Correctional Services Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has officially opened the newly launched Training Centre for Women Survivors of War in Uganda which will give much needed support to the victims of war.

Mkhize said the centre will contribute immensely to the healing of deep scars and memories of war.

"We view the launch of the Women's Training Centre as a very important step on the thorny road we have travelled together as Africans," she said.

The centre, which used to work from a very small makeshift structure, provides counselling to former abductees as well as basic education and skills training like tailoring and hair dressing.

She said information sharing and networking skills acquired at the centre must enable women to stand on their own and fend for themselves and their families.

"In addition to the provision of practical skills like sewing, reading and writing skills will go a long way in providing essential skills to our sisters and mothers in this district," she said.

Mkhize commended Eskom Uganda, who provided financial assistance for the building of the centre. "Your efforts will go a long way in building capacity among women; and in creating employment opportunities and promoting self reliance."

Other companies included South African companies based in Uganda such as Stanbic, MTN and Game.