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Empowering Female Refugees
Description/achievement of initiative

The project is an initiative of the Human Rights and Labor Working Group of the Global Compact Network Brazil. The partners of the project have provided opportunities for a group of women, refugees and asylum-seekers from different countries. The main goal is to empower them economically. Also, the project offers guidance to these women in order to prepare them for the labor market and also raise awareness to companies about the employment of refugees.

Implementation methodologies

A) Training of Fox Time staff – 09/09/2015, Fox Time The partners trained the staff of Fox Time on the following topics: business and human rights, women empowerment, the issue of refugees and their rights in Brazil. The objective was to raise awareness to the issue of refugees and make sure that candidates that are refugees or asylum seekers will not be discriminated.b) Workshop Rights and Career – 04/11/2015, Fox TimeThroughout the day, Fox Time received 17 refugees and asylum-seekers from different countries: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Colombia and Syria.Those women received guidance on the following topics:• Rights of refugees in Brazil; • Work Rights in Brazil; Women's Rights in Brazil; How to behave in a job interview; Women Entrepreneurship and testimony from a refugee entrepreneurDuring lunch, which was served by a Syrian refugee, Foxtime representatives helped women to fill Fox Time registration form.After the workshop, Fox Time interviewed each candidate individually in order to draw a detailed profile about them. 14 women participated in the interviews. Fox Time produced a Booking of Candidates which contains: education and professional experiences; core competencies of the candidate; analysis of the psychological test and coaching analysis. Since November 2015, the refugees have been receiving coaching sessions in order to help them to reach a state of exploration, creativity and use of intuition, to build social connections and to use intelligent strategies to deal with different situations, to obtain resilience, helping them to empower themselves.c) Workshop Portuguese and Financial Education– 04/02/2016, Casa do Grupo Mulheres do BrasilThe refugees had two practical workshops on the following topics:• Tools to improve the learning of the Portuguese language and financial educationAt the same, we invited human resources representatives from seven companies to learn about the refugees and their rights regarding employment. The partners of the project gave presentations to raise awareness about their situation in Brazil and the vulnerability of the women. One company, Gesplan, presented their positive experience in hiring refugees and an employee, from Syria, gave a testimony about her experience in the company.During lunch, we gathered refugees and the business representatives. All participants introduced themselves. Three women shared their stories with the public and everybody could network and share experiences. Everybody had lunch together.D) Workshop Women Entrepreneurship - 25/05/16, Whirlpool20 women refugees received guidance about how to have their own business and useful ressources to promote it.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Results so far• In the first workshop, 17 women participated and all of them evaluated the meeting as excellent. At the second workshop, 13 women participated (9 who participated in the first edition and 4 new). In the third, 20 women participated (13 of them for the first time)• About 120 business representatives participated in the meetings promoted by the partners (webinar and event). Seven companies participated in the second workshop of the project and received the Booking of Candidates with detailed information about the refugees.• Direct Hirings: 4 women were hired because of the intervention from the partners.• A refugee was offered a space to be the headquarters of her social business,• Three refugees are receiving guidance from Rede Mulheres Empreendedoras (Women Entrepreneurs Network) in order to help them to develop their business.• The partners of the project have been orientating companies in order for it to make more flexible its hiring documentation (Lojas Renner, Whirlpool and Sodexo)

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

This project is a pilot partnership between the members of the Human Rights Working Group of the Global Compact Network Brazil. The coordination of the project is responsibility of the Global Compact Network Brazil. All the partners participated in all the 4 meetings/workshops and in meetings and conference calls to organize those meetings. Two of the partners, Fox Time and PARR, are responsible for selecting the women refugees and connect them to job opportunities. Global Compact Network Brazil is responsible to engage the companies in the project.


• Global Compact Network Brazil • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) • UN Women • Cáritas Arquidiocesana de São Paulo • Programa de Apoio para a Recolocação dos Refugiados (PARR – Support Program for the Replacement of Refugees) • Fox Time Human Ressources Support from: • Itaipu • Lojas Renner • Whirlpool (Consulado da Mulher) • Sodexo
Updates to initiatives
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
5.a - Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
Goal 8
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Goal 16
16.b - Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
Goal 17
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Women participating in the program are hired and economically empowered
Report from dialogue about learnings from the project and how business sector can help to empower women refugees
Products of the project: raisse awareness video and document with Q&A to companies about hiring refugees
Women participating in the program receive guidance to improve their career and economic empowerment
Financing (in USD)
4,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
all the partners dedicate at least one person for the activities of the program
In-kind contribution
the 3 workshops delivered so far was contributions from companies (Fox Time, Lojas Renner and Whirlpool))

This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/09/2015 - 29/06/2016
• Global Compact Network Brazil • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) • UN Women • Cáritas Arquidiocesana de São Paulo • Programa de Apoio para a Recolocação dos Refugiados (PARR – Support Program for the Replacement of Refugees) • Fox Time Human Ressources Support from: • Itaipu • Lojas Renner • Whirlpool (Consulado da Mulher) • Sodexo
Contact information
Vanessa Tarantini, Programme Analyst,
United Nations