English for Women-Led Community Action and Economic Justice
For new immigrants, learning English is a critical step to fulfilling their aspiration for a better life in the United States. Our ESOL/Economic Justice Program is survival, action-oriented English with a participatory model which emphasizes leadership development, community organizing, and civic engagement. We provide English language instruction, employment training, academic counseling, goal setting, computer training, job searching, resume writing, interviewing skills and workers’ rights.
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
Our core organizing strategy is to work for a community where immigrant, refugee and low income women’s voice, participation and leadership is cultivated, where families are strengthened, and where sustained economies are supported. The results we seek are immigrant and refugee women's leadership to ensure full and equal access to the civic, economic, social and cultural life of the neighborhood. Our ultimate goal is to build community power for effecting social change and social justice. Our objective is to break barriers; challenge the negative stereotypes, discrimination and marginalization of immigrants, and work in collaboration with members to take active roles and successfully integrate in their communities.
Domestic Violence Prevention
“I have a little girl. Her father was beating me. I was so scared, and I was sad. I wanted my daughter to have a father. But it is better to be alone than to be beaten. I had to leave. I wanted to be an example for my daughter. It was very difficult. I had to leave, it is better to leave and be alone than be beaten.” WEE Member 2012
Refugee and immigrant women face a host of intersecting barriers to reporting abuse: the fear of deportation, the shaming in their culture and community and cultural isolation. Most of them have limited English speaking skills, lack education or employment skills, and are in most cases dependent on their husbands/abusers for support. Access to knowledge and information about legal rights, advocacy, education, referral, outreach and collaboration with other agencies will are part of this program. WEE supports immigrants and refugee families in overcoming barriers such as language, culture, isolation and poverty.
WEE Domestic Violence Workshop in collaboration with Boston College Migration, Deportation and Human Right Project. STOP THE VIOLENCE. There is no reason why a person should be beaten or abused in any way. Violence Against Women is Wrong. WEE members are fighting against domestic and community violence and working for change.