Fourth Category Prize 2015:
For projects by individuals
|Prize Subject:||Saudi Woman Creativity Center (Selected winner from 22 projects)|
|Implemented by:||Ms. Aisha Al Shibaily|
|Prize amount:||US$ 50,000|
|Prize subject:||Individual-led initiatives for local community development through innovative projects for youth employment|
|Nominated By:||International Islamic Relief Organization|
|Beneficiary Country:||Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
Saudi Woman Creative Centre (SWCC) was founded in 2008 by Ms. Aisha Mohamed Yahya Al Shabaily, in Jasan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the aim of empowering women through training for gainful activities. The project objectives include; achieving self‐sufficiency for women and girls, strengthening the importance of works as well as manual and professional activities in the minds of people, helping those with limited income avoid begging, contributing to developing the national production and disseminating new hopes at the time of scarce governmental job opportunities, and avoiding the negatives social problems which result from the unemployment suffered by girls.
The Centre has now been recognized to have pioneering work in developing creativity and providing job opportunities for poor women and girls, who are in need to have decent work such as those with limited income, widows, divorcees, and orphans. Other beneficiaries are illiterate people, those with hereditary blood disorders, families of those migrating from the southern borders of Jasan and every woman in need of manual job. The common characteristic of beneficiaries is that they are jobless, willing to undergo training and to work.
The Centre is responding to the need to combat unemployment, which is widespread among Saudi women. It provides training primarily for vulnerable girls to facilitate their employment, income-generating opportunities and self-sufficiency and encourage their creative capabilities. The project has now 15 training centres established in several governorates of Jasan in addition to its headquarters in Jazan. The training focuses on decorating and furniture design and manufacture, including sewing, carpentry and upholstery. More than 500 girls were trained, graduated and gained employment, including 150 trainees, who were employed in companies implementing housing projects. It is worth mentioning that the project impact can be measured in terms of the opportunities given to disadvantaged women and girls to acquire skills, knowledge and positive attitude and become self-sufficient and raised their self-esteem. The experience of the project during eight years of its existence demonstrates that the project is transferable in other parts of the world where there is widespread unemployment among women and girls in particular. It also demonstrates the tangible and great efforts Ms. Aisha Al Shbaily exerts in the society as reflected by the girls’ keen desire to train and benefit from the vocational training programs designed to put creative and efficient solutions to unemployment, which is widespread, particularly among women.