On Monday 6th May, Bright Women’s Association of Today (BWAT) were welcomed to ACT’s Tunis office for the official signing of a two-year agreement of partnership with ACT.
BWAT Board members Sana Guebsi, Awatef Yazidi and Safa Chagren met with ACT General Director Adriaan, ACT Director of Personnel Isabelle, ACT Director of Finance Freddie and Jude, the ACT project worker who has been working alongside and supporting BWAT for some time.
“BWAT has been busy,” says Jude, “with a number of trainings and conferences having taken place in the last few months. They are also looking at getting the next phases of their project work underway.”
Adriaan shared a few words, commenting on the excitement of the future partnership.
“We look forward to a future of mutual learning from each other,” he continued, “as well as to what ACT and BWAT can achieve together in partnership.”
The heart of BWAT is similar to the heart of ACT. Both want to help, support, value and bring transformation to those who are vulnerable in society, and for their voices to be heard.
Sana Guebsi (BWAT President and Founder Member) and Awatef Yazidi (BWAT Treasurer and Founder Member) shared the vision of BWAT, as well as some of the current needs and struggles they have faced.
“We want to help women who are going through hard times,” shared Sana. “To be a support for them in their struggles.”
BWAT remains steadfast in their conviction to continue to care and support the women they have been working with.
So what’s next?
“Their current need is to get boutique up and running,” says Jude. A space that will both generate income through selling second-hand goods as well as creating opportunities for employment and training for women as cashiers and members of staff.
BWAT are also prioritising finding an administrator to help with their internal structures and good practices. Another wish is for a new and better space from which to carry out their operations.
ACT is excited to see BWAT continue to grow, bringing hope and an infectious excitement wherever they go. It is an honour to work with them, supporting them in a number of ways to grow their own capacity and impact many more vulnerable women in such need.