The Solidarity of Refugee Women for the social Welfare (SOFERES) is a self-led organization of grassroots refugee women and girls from diverse backgrounds including women and girls living with disabilities, widows, women living with HIV, and women with no income. It was founded in 2013 by a group of refugee women and girls living in Dzaleka Camp, survivors of various civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia who have experienced different forms of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse in their families and communities.
As refugee ourselves, we created SOFERES as a solution to the challenges women and girl face in the camp. We start a positive cycle in which refugee women and girls are considered not as simple recipients of services and support, but as actors of change for themselves and their communities.
We are therefore committed to empowering the most disadvantaged and highly marginalized refugee women and girls claim their rights, challenge discriminatory attitudes, behavior, and harmful traditional practices; and overcome poverty and other hardships.
SOFERES was legally registered as a Community Based Organization on 20th May, 2013 with the Dzaleka Camp Manager, under Reg. No. DRC/RAS/08/049.
It was also registered as a NGO with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962 (CAP. 5:03), Form C, No. TR/INC8243 in 2018.