Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD)

The Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) is a non-profit organization established to advance women’s social and economic development. It provides holistic rehabilitation and reintegration services for women and girl survivors of violence providing them with a transitional, women’s-only shelter, psychological counselling, legal aid and other services to help clients recuperate from their trauma and be reintegrated into society.

AWSAD offers various skills training to its residents and supports their initiatives to be economically self-reliant. Since its establishment in 2003 under its former name Tsotawi Tikat Tekelakay Mahiber, AWSAD has supported over 4,000 women and girls. AWSAD also runs capacity-building programs for stakeholders including police, prosecutors, community members, media professionals and school children toward the prevention of violence against women and girls.

As a pioneer organization with a wealth of experience in addressing and responding to violence against women and girls, AWSAD possesses expert knowledge on the topic and makes inputs to government, women’s organizations and others in key processes in the sector.