Our mission is to provide economic empowerment and employment supports opportunities to women living with HIV, by creating income generating initiatives; and provide psycho- social education, arts based skills training and resources that facilitate opportunities for networking, learning and sharing lived experiences.
Our vision is to reduce poverty, HIV stigma and increase the chances of income security, social networks and impel the misconceptions about HIV.
Who We are
Women Empowering Positive Women (WEPW) is a non profit and social enterprise formed to provide economic empowerment initiatives that gives women the power to make decisions that benefit themselves and contribute meaningfully to their families and communities. Investing in economic empowerment sets a path for poverty reduction in African, Caribbean and and Black (ACB) Communities.
WEPW’s target the most marginalized ACB women and girls who have been impacted by poverty, unemployment, trauma, stigma and discrimination in society as a result of health and life challenges. WEPW provide support in skills training, advising, employment, business supports and promote women’s interests and financial independence. Our methods are based on social entrepreneurship, seeking to develop and provide socio-economic empowerment programs for women. We work with ACB women to enhance their capacities to build sustainable income. WEPW believe that women have potential to flourish and build their lives, families and communities.
WEPW provide appropriate referrals for services, supports and create a wide dialogue about health prevention practices that reduce risk factors affecting the health of women. WEPW address issues around poverty, unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues, trauma, stigma and discrimination and healthcare access. WEPW capacitating women to be on the forefront, taking an active role in advocating and addressing emerging issues affecting them, which creates significant obstacles in accessing services. We also support entrepreneurship for women who have the capacity to increase their earning capacity through income generating initiatives.
Women Aging with HIV 50+
Women make up a significant proportion of people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS in Canada. Despite the myth that older women do not have sex, Older are dating and engage in sexual activities with their partners. Epidemiological data shows that 80% of older adults are infected through sexual activity and uptake of testing among Canadians over 50 is very low (HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers, Catie).
While women are at risk of HIV infection, marginalized women who are socially and economically disadvantaged face determinants of health such as poverty, unemployment, income insecurity, health care challenges , which adversely impact their risk for HIV infection and experiences of late diagnosis , treatment, care and support
Envisioning Yourself at the Top
Careers & Opportunities for ACB women”
- Create your vision: Creating pictures that represent your goals and placing them in prominent positions around your home or workspace.
- Create a path to your vision
- Execute your vision
- Visualize success and the impact
Our Social Value
Meet Our Team
Dakarayi Chigugudhlo – Founder and CEO
Dakarayi is the visionary of Women Empowering Positive Women (WEPW), a non profit & Social Enterprise formed to address the socio – economic constraints experienced by women living with HIV, where survival choices in the context of poverty are limited.
Dakarayi brings many years of leadership and management experience as former Owner of Combined Private Investigation Security Company, the company she formed to emancipate women who were subjected by men and denied access to employment. She sailed through and overcame obstacles in a primarily white male dominated industry. It is in this capacity that Dakarayi was recognized as the first woman to run a security company in Zimbabwe.
Dakarayi graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto and completed M.A. in Critical Disability Studies at York University and Non Profit Leadership & Management Graduate Certificate at Seneca College. Working hard and bringing her educational training experience to her work, Dakarayi is result-oriented development professional with a passion to make transformative change in women’s lives. She is a committed and inspirational Community Leader, as seen in her community involvement and engagement. Her strident selfless outstanding leadership qualities reflective with her work has influenced many lives in a positive way in the community.
Dakarayi volunteered in several organizations in paid and non-paid capacities. She served in several Advisory committees , Steering Committees and Community Based Research Projects.Dakarayi received Recognition Award from Inspector of Toronto Police, Nick Memme in 2007. In 2012 she shared a platform with UN women President Almas Juwani and honoured with the Leadership Award at the Immigrant Talk Show Awards. In 2013, she received the Education Award from the Black Women Moving Forward . In 2018, Dakarayi received an Outstanding Community Dedication Award from Inspire Awards 2018
Nokukhaya is a founding member of Women Empowering Positive Women.
Sandra is one of the founding members of Women Empowering Positive Women.
The WEPW Advisory committee comprises of members who are passionate in supporting a cause. They have different expertise in banking (bankers) Evaluation (PHD candidate), Policy (Public Health), Social Workers and Arts and Craft (Expert), members of Community (PHA’s). The Advisory Committee meet three times a year to review programs, support and provide recommendations.