Help the Women – Hire Them to Clean Your Flat or Office24. August 2012 - 9:35 — Dejan Georgievski
The Centre for Women in Sarajevo offers cleaning services for flats and offices by single mothers, women victims of violence and women of difficult material status, as a part of the project of the Foundation for Local Democracy, aiming to help women find jobs, develop and acquire skills, get education, qualifications and start normal lives.
The Centre for Women, operating with the support of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), received a donation of Karcher machines for cleaning of carpets, stone and textile surfaces.
"We trained more than 15 women to work with the machines, which can be used to clean homes or office space. They work with semi-professional Karcher equipment, use only environmentally friendly cleaning products that don’t contain solvents. The Women that came to the Centre and agreed to work as cleaners have made it an excellent source of income and they keep all the money they earn for themselves”, Nerimana Sočivica-Salihbegović, project assistant, tolk the klix.ba portal.
The Centre for Women was established at the start of 2012. Over the past eight months, about 60 women have sought assistance and 20 of them have found gainful employment with the help of the Centre.
"The Centre helps women, primarily victims of violence, single mothers and women on the margins of society to find emplozment. All they have to do is come, fill in the form, note their interests, skills and what kinds of jobs they would find acceptable. After that, we do everything we can to find them jobs and help them improve their living conditions“, Sočivica-Salihbegović says.
The project also includes motivational trainings for empowerment of women.
“Most women that come to us never worked before, being prevented by their partners. Also, they commonly suffer from lack of confidence and need to be empowered, which is why we decided to start the motivational trainings. The next training, for ten participants, will be held next October”, Sočivica-Salihbegović told Klix.ba.
The Foundation for Local Democracy also operates the Centre for Free Legal Assistance for Women. The centre provides legal advise and assistance in the areas of family law, welfare protection, healthcare and labour law to women victims of war, single mothers and women living on the margins of society.
Women who need help and didn’t know where to go with their problems can call the number 033/ 22 33 66. Potential employers and persons who need cleaning services can also help the women with a call to the same number. (Source: Klix.ba)