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Bridging the Gap: CAWA’s Commitment to Supporting Arab Women and Families in Canada

Posted on: February 22, 2024

The Canadian Arab Women’s Association (CAWA) strives to build a supportive community for Arab immigrants and refugees in Canada, addressing issues like language barriers, xenophobia, and isolation.

Established in 2016, CAWA focuses on tailored support for Arab women in the Waterloo Region and Guelph, fostering connections through events and programs. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by newcomers, especially women, CAWA highlights the important role of social networks in empowering and integrating them into Canadian society. Despite systemic challenges, their social support programs have been instrumental in settling immigrants and improving overall well-being.

“When immigrants from our community come to Canada, they often lack information and resources about settling here, particularly regarding unfamiliar aspects, such as taxation, schools, and employment. These are significantly distinct from what is experienced back home “

Yolande Lansing, Projects Director, CAWA

In 2021, CAWA served over 275 participants and connected with 1800 women locally. Through barrier-free and culturally sensitive programs, CAWA facilitates the integration of newcomers, particularly women, into communities and the local economy. Initiatives like this not only bridges the gap between newcomers and communities, but also works towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 10 (Reducing Inequalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being).

Check out CAWA’s website for more information, https://cawakw.ca/