RISE alumni team Women on the Way has officially kickstarted their online shop. 

Women on the Way focuses on improving the employability, financial situation and social inclusion of women refugees from the Middle East and Africa through their engagement in an inclusive and ethical fashion brand. 

The unique design of the brand has been developed to promote different cultures, tolerance, inclusion, and social dialogue to raise awareness about women refugees’ position and needs. At the core of their designs is the process of building a bridge between the refugees’ culture and the Serbian one.

Women refugees who applied for asylum in Serbia face many challenges but mostly lack of employment opportunities and social isolation. Asylum processes in Serbia last for a long time, sometimes 3 to 5 years during which work opportunities usually remain scarce.

They teamed up with the local NGO Belgrade Centre for Human Rights which works with refugees on a daily basis. BCHR helps them find women refugees looking for employment who are interested in sewing. 

Shop their beautiful designs and support their fight for inclusion on their website www.womenontheway.co

On the project

The RISE project is developed and monitored by a consortium composed of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), PULSE (SOS GROUP), South East European Youth Network

(SEEYN), Institut Francais, and the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ), and implemented by six local incubators: ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nesto vise, Smart Kolektiv, IEC Tehnopolis and Yunus Social Business.

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