We manage a network of Community Information Centres (CICs) which act as a focal point of our community work. These centres provide a ‘safe space’ for women to meet and hold community meetings. CICs also provide a space for CWDA to hold regular literacy classes with community members (see SMILE Asia Project) and provide counselling and support services. The CICs are managed from the community and provide educational resources from the CWDA Literary Resource Centre.
Each CIC is equipped with multiple documents such as books, pamphlets, newspapers, posters and flip charts supplied by the CWDA.
The CICs are open every day in the mornings from 8:00-10:30am and in the afternoons from 2:00-4:30pm.
Community members provide the materials and labour to construct the CICs, creating a sense of ownership and responsibility amongst community members. The CWDA provides support through weekly monitoring visits and the regular provision of new documents and materials.
CWDA has supported the establishment of Women leader Groups (WLG) within each of the CIC villages. The members of the women leader groups appoint one woman to act as overall manager of the CIC while all of the women are responsible for the day to day running and maintenance of the CICs. CWDA train the women leaders in CIC management and leadership, as well as providing education on the prevention of trafficking and other issues such as domestic violence and health care.