UNA means „ONE“
Because as one feminist power…
We lead change.
For a better future for women and girls!
How it all started…
UNAforWomen started 15 years ago when Daniela first traveled to India to work for a charity with unemployed teenagers and students. Positively surprised by the beauty of the land and its people, she had already – together with the Indian Jeny from Cochin – launched several challenging projects, including a women’s empowerment unit. She was there when the 2004 tsunami changed the destiny of many communities forever, and filmed a documentary to record the devastating losses in Kerala.
In September 2016, Daniela traveled with chief surgeon Mariam Vedadinejad back to Tanzania to evaluate the possibility of setting up a charity to support women and girls in Tanzania. Shortly after that they met Ashura, a human rights lawyer who was born and raised in Dar-es-Salaam who offered the necessary expertise to work for women’s rights in Tanzania.
In January 2018, Daniela traveled with chief surgeon Mariam Vedadinejad back to Kerala.
This journey changed their lives forever. They decided to devote their time and expertise to the people of Kerala and to work for and with them. First of all those who need it most: women and girls in rural areas and those who live in difficult social and economic conditions. Women who have become victims of domestic violence and experienced multiple forms of cultural and social discrimination.
UNA (one) for women – the creation of a mission and vision
UNAforWomen gives women and girls access to medical care, prevention of violence against women and self defense. Awareness of the public and the population as a whole, for human rights and the rights of women is central to our work. If you would like to know more about our core values and objectives and the process that lead to our vision and mission statement please download our presentation UNA presentation or get in touch with Daniela at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Empowerment of the local community: together with the local experts, UNAforWomen provides advice on important medical services and existing structures. Our partners welcome UNA with open arms. Together with Jeny Ajith lectures are organized in churches, schools and universities to strengthen the value of human and women’s rights in Kerala. Self-defense courses and online training how to combat violence against women will also be offered.
What began as a dream many years ago has now become reality – UNAforWomen has been officially registered as an NGO in Austria in January 2019.
Our first field mission to prepare the camp will be in September 2019. All in all, a team of 3 people will travel to Kochin for 10 days and talk to those affected and in need of assistance.
We moved into the poorest areas of southern India to empower women and girls, raise awareness and make them the creators of their own future. The first medical camp is scheduled for end of 2020.
In Tanzania we will conduct our first project on sexual and reproductive health and rights in September 2020.