The Women's Circle (TWC)

The Women’s Circle (TWC) is a network of women’s learning circles across a number of working-class townships. TWC employs adult education approaches to increase women’s participation and capacities to ensure their abilities to be active at various levels of community and society. TWC has partnered with DVV since 2007. The network works closely with local Community Policing forums, the local Department of Safety and Security, and gang intervention forums. More recently TWC has begun to develop partnerships with municipalities and local ward councilors that has seen physical improvements in poor environments.

Through TWC,marginalised communities benefit from a range of training opportunities that include craft skills, computer skills, parenting skills, HIV/AIDS and participate in trauma counselling and learn about ways to mitigate gender-based violence. Some women have been inspired to develop their knowledge and skills that has seen them register in university level studies. TWC establishes links with relevant organisations that use participatory modes of learning and access to workshops and courses which respond to socio-economic issues. TWC uses Freirean education approaches and techniques in their work with communities.

The organization has incorporated popular education by working closely with PEP and with Sikholo to promote co-operatives and solidarity economy models. TWC also maintains strong links with the Learning Network for Health based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to support the personal and organizational development of women and offers a bridge for other NGOs seeking to support women. 

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