Christmas Present Drive

The festive season is here and it’s time to start thinking of presents. Action from Switzerland is going to give you a helping hand by providing you with some great gift options. But you’re not just buying a gift, you are giving vulnerable women in Greece a chance at a...

Combating Gender Based Violence

Action from Switzerland held a two-day Gender-Based Violence (GBV) training at the Athena Women’s Centre for volunteers working on Chios island, namely from our partners, the Refugees Law Clinic Abroad, SMH and BAAS.We believe the training was much-needed - vital education to female volunteers to help strengthen the relationship and support...

What women really want: Focus Group Report – October 2017 – Special Feature: Vial

https://www.youtube.com/embed/99dHcU9sRaoIntroductionIn order to understand the unique challenges faced by our sisters on the run, the AfS team conducts quarterly focus groups with the girls and women who attend our Athena Centre for Women on Chios.  These groups give the girls a focused platform to offer their feedback and share experiences...

Looking back at Chios

Author: Haley BroderIt has been one month since I left the Athena Centre for Women, where I coordinated daily operations, led English, yoga, and meditation classes, and got to spend time getting to know the most resilient women I will ever meet. I can think of little else but the...

Shoo Akhbarik?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lydia spent two months on Chios volunteering at our Athena Centre for Women. Fluent in French and Arabic - two of the most  frequently used languages at our Centre - meant that Lydia is able to communicate freely with the women. Lydia was also instrumental in giving the girls a...

What women really want: Focus Group Report – July 2017

In the year since Action From Switzerland opened our Athena Centre for Women, girls from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Congo, Sudan, and Eritrea received access to legal information, psychological support, safe and clean shower facilities, educational and mindful classes - and to generally relax in a safe space.In fact, a...