ABOUT US

SOLWODI is the abbreviation of “SOLidarity with WOmen in DIstress

 

 

 

SOLWODI is a non-partisan and non-denominational organization for migrant and refugee women in distress, and a specialized counselling center for victims of human trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence, exploitation and human rights violations.

SOLWODI Berlin’s target group are particularly vulnerable migrant and refugee women with focus on African women and victims of human trafficking.

Our aims are:

  • Promoting our clients’ security, stability, social inclusion, self-efficacy and participation as well as strengthening their identity
  • Promoting a peaceful coexistence through culturally sensitive, anti-discrimination and human-rights based work
  • Encouraging client participation and developing their resources through networking.
History
SOLWODI was founded in 1985 by Sr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lea Ackermann in Kenia and in 1988 in Germany (SOLWODI Deutschland e. V.). Today SOLWODI has registered associations in six of Germany’s federal states, one of which is SOLWODI Berlin e.V. Subsidiaries of SOLWODI are situated also in Kenia, Austria, Romania and Hungary.

 

Founding Members and Board of Management
The specialized counselling center in Berlin was established by two Comboni Missionary Sisters in late 2007. Since May 2015 the center operates under the newly founded registered association SOLWODI Berlin e. V.
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  • Gudrun Angelis
  • Lissy Eichert UAC
  • Sr. Margit Forster
  • Monika Grötzinger
  • Klaudia Höfig
  • Prof. Barbara John
  • Dr. Susanna Kahlefeld, MdA
  • Pfr. Martin Kalinowski
  • Sr. Mabel Mariotti
  • Pater Frido Pflüger SJ
  • Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse, Bundestagspräsident a. D.
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Thoma
  • Dr. Martin Thoma
  • Traudl Vorbrodt

Members of the management board

  • Chairwoman: Margit Forster, SOLWODI Berlin e. V.
  • Deputy Chairwoman: Gudrun Angelis, SOLWODI Deutschland e. V.
  • Deputy Chairwoman: Klaudia Höfig, IPZ Berlin

 

Funding
The counseling center’s personnel costs are predominantly funded by the Berlin Senate Administration for Health, Care and Equality as well as through other charitable organizations and donations. Material costs, especially for creative projects and client expenditure costs are mainly financed through donations.