The Canadian Arab Women Association (CAWA) is a non-profit organization established with the purpose of connecting, supporting and empowering Canadian Arab women in Waterloo Region and Guelph in Ontario, Canada. We represent a group of women who self-identify as Arabs and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their religious beliefs, socio-economic status, and educational levels.
CAWA is dedicated to becoming a bridge that connects Arab women and supports them with different resources and programs, so that they can be active members of Waterloo Region community and in the larger Canadian society. For that, CAWA provides various programs in the fields of health, education, and social support, such as:
Mother and child support
Language courses, computer and financial literacy and others
Social activities and gatherings
Deep understanding and identity support through featuring success stories
The idea of CAWA came to existence when our founder, Ms Asma’ Alwahsh, got a grant from the United Way and KWCF to form a community group of Arab women in Waterloo Region. A Canadian-Arab woman herself, Ms. Alwahsh established the ‘CAWA community group’ in 2016 as weekly social gatherings and events organized by Arab women and for them in Waterloo Region to support each other. In 2018, CAWA became an officially registered non-profit organization in Canada under the name of the Arab Women of Waterloo Region. Now, we have changed the name to Canadian Arab Women’s Association (CAWA).
Emerging from personal experience, CAWA thus aspires to support and empower Arab women to overcome challenges they face in Canada. It aims at creating support programs, events and sharing Canadian experiences in a safe social network. CAWA is dedicated to empowering Arab women in Waterloo Region and Guelph to make impactful contributions to the lives of their families and the community at large through connecting women with resources while building intercultural connections.
“CAWA is a supportive and also a private and safe network for us as Arab women. I was inspired to grow by the Arab women I met at CAWA”
Domo’ Alawabde, participant