Running for refugee women in Greece | Action from Switzerland

Update posted by Stephen Randles On Aug 08, 2017

Earlier this month, the Athena Centre for Women celebrated its first birthday. The team at Action from Switzerland took the opportunity to reflect on what the centre means to women in the refugee camp. Here are some points taken from the blog post that highlight the centre's significance:

  • 82.4% of the women surveyed said “they never felt safe” or “don’t feel very safe”. Almost half (42.9%) had experienced some form of violence inside camp
  • Women cannot inform camp security of threats, as most security guards only understand Greek
  • English classes remain popular, and Greek classes have been introduced recently
  • Women who come to the centre can request appointments with the only two female psychologists from humanitarian agencies who work on the island, which is a much valued service for mental health

As if the situation in Greece wasn't bad enough, as of July, the EU has stopped funding major organisations that were working on Chios. Not much support can be expected from the already-burdened Greek government. This makes initatives such as the Athena Centre for Women even more important for the wellbeing of refugees on the island. Let's ensure the team can continue their mission in support and empowering women refugees.

The whole post can be found on the Action from Switzerland blog post: https://actionfromswitzerland.ch/greece/women-real...



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Update posted by Stephen Randles On Jul 04, 2017

Dear friends - thank you for your support getting us halfway! We've reached 50% of our fundraiser goal, and also, we recently completed around 50% of the race as a as a training hike. The toughest part of the race, mind you! From the starting point in Sierre, it was a 1600m near-constant, steep ascent in the summer's heat from Sierre to Chandolin. At least we know...sort of...what to expect on the 13th August ;-)

Now for the second half, let's go!


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Have a good Run!! Good luck ;)

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You are great! Good luck with run!

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