Training and employment

Empowering survivors

Our job training programs end the shame and powerlessness that many survivors experience, and give them the opportunity to learn a profession and support themselves independently. Women gain skills to find employment in respected professions, breaking the barriers in their families and society that once kept them vulnerable. Survivors of trafficking and rape are stigmatized by society and often disowned from their families for bringing them shame. Financial independence erases that stigma. Survivors rescued after the age of 16 are often unable to take a traditional academic path because they have never been to school. Our job training programs lead to high wage, empowering options for these young women.

Without job opportunities or basic education, many girls would be trafficked again, or fall back into exploitative situations because they have no other options for survival. Our vocational training programs address this problem, empowering survivors to be independent and to remain free forever.

One of our most successful vocation training programs has been our goldsmithing training. Since 2010, we have offered training in goldsmithing and jewelry design to survivors and vulnerable women. We now train and employ women in three locations in India and Nepal. Our jewelers are breaking gender barriers as some of South Asia’s first women goldsmiths. After completing thisr training, women are able to earn a wage comparable to a college graduate. The training includes professional and business skills training, counseling and emotional support. Many of our jewelry trainees have gone on to find employment in other professions, or have risen into the management of our own organization.

Her Future Coalition also supports survivors in vocational training in cooking/catering and sewing/blockprinting. We are about to launch a training in computers and retail. We also support survivors in pursuing college education leading to diverse careers of their choice, including gynecology, nursing, accounting, veterinary technician, photography, social work, business, psychology, law enforcement, fashion design, and law.