Established in 1996, South African Women for Women is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the empowerment of South African women - those who live in South Africa and those who have settled in Canada - by encouraging long-term systemic change.
We believe in inclusiveness and are committed to a model of sharing, participation and influence which transcends traditional definitions of power and privilege. We wish to unite all South African women, no matter what their socio-economic backgrounds may be, and promote recognition of our cultural and historical legacy for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations.
of the highlights of the organization is the celebration of South African
Women's Day when the accomplishments of outstanding South
African women globally are honoured. We pay tribute to the individual contributions
they have made to our common good. These women serve as role models for all of
We salute them and their achievements. In honouring these exceptional women,
South African Women for Women is also making a contribution to the betterment
of all women in South Africa.
While the awards ceremony is perhaps the most easily recognized program of SAWW, we offer a full range of educational programs that fully reflect our mandate.
For example, we are proud of the South African Women for Women’s Teacher Mentoring Program through which we were able to send eleven Ontario teachers to schools and educational centres in South Africa to introduce new teaching strategies and support teachers. This initiative is a first for SAWW and is designed to specifically respond to the needs identified in the South African schools. One of the important by-products of this initiative will be the establishment of an electronic network of teacher communication with their Canadian counterparts.
this way, communication and dialogue will be able to continue long
after the Canadian teachers return home.