“WDC is just one drop of water in the ocean, but with its networks and links I believe that together we could fill an ocean” – Sashi Stephen (Director/CEO)
The Women’s Development Centre strives to minimize the number of women who are subjected to violence by empowering them through access to knowledge and greater economic independence. It strengthens women socially by improving their standard of living and thereby fortifying the family. WDC programs focus on women at the grassroots level, in areas of intervention, prevention and advocacy together with networking of women’s groups for community development and peace.
The founder of WDC, Ms. Pearl Stephen
“Women have so much potential. I think it’s like a hidden treasure but nobody has taken the trouble to take it out. And that’s what we are trying to do.”
Ms Pearl Stephen had an unfailing passion to see more women empowered and succeeding. From her younger days, she had always been headstrong and confident in every way. Her school years helped bring out leadership skills, but the significant lack of equality – in which opportunities were predominantly granted to males – did not go unnoticed. Pearl wanted to change this and open avenues to allow women to live a dignified life within society. As a wife of a pastor, she tackled issues of gender disparity with the Women’s Guild of the Church. This was where the foundations for the Women’s Developement Centre (WDC) was laid. Thanks to Pearl Stephen WDC is since its inception in 1986 a well recognized NGO for the protection of women and children’s rights.