On Tuesday, 19 April 2016, the Charity Centre for Refugees hosted an event dedicated to refugee women, which was conducted by UNHCR in collaboration with ODIMM and ICAWB -International Center for Advancement of Women in Business. The event was attended by a group of women – refugees and beneficiaries of humanitarian protection.

The main objective of this session was to inform and discuss about the possibilities of refugee women to develop professional skills and possibilities to start an entrepreneurship activity in Moldova. The representative of ODIMM and ICAWB talked about the possibilities to benefit from a development program including organization of different thematic meetings, trainings, workshops, debates and other information and supportive sessions for those willing to initiate its own business. The beneficiaries were told about  several successful stories of local Moldovan women in small and medium entrepreneurship. In its turn, UNHCR representatives Mrs. Svetlana Jioara and Mr. Marin Dolinţa informed the women about their possibilities and conditions to be met in order to access the funds available in the framework of UNHCR integration grants.

Two refugee women were involved by providing translation support during the event: one from Romanian into Arabic, and another from Russian into Arabic language, in order to ensure the best understanding of the overall message of the event and to make each person feel comfortable.This event is part of  the integration program for refugees in the Republic of Moldova, and was aimed at encouraging the refugee women’s entrepreneur spirit, facilitating communication and promoting partnership between women.

Maria Pîslaraş – CCR Project Assistant