A vibrant social service agency providing support, advocacy, and programmes in order to empower all ethnic women, their children & families.
Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre Trust was established in 2002 with the purpose of delivering a range of services and a drop in Centre. Shama provides a friendly and safe environment where ethnic women can meet and bring their children. We provide social work support, Lifeskill classes, free resources, advocacy, home visit, and legal advice.
Our long term goal is to continue to provide culturally appropriate support and services to ethnic women, children and their families to enable them to reach their goals and aspirations, and so to be able to contribute back to the community.
Shama works to empower and educate ethnic women so they can integrate into New Zealand and raise safe and successful families and communities. Where they are able to exercise their rights and responsibilities, live a life of dignity free from the fear
of violence and be recognized as valuable members of the community.
Shama is a community organisation that works with ethnic women and families to provide both a regional response to domestic violence and a national response to sexual violence which includes a crisis response service, long-term therapeutic support and prevention work through community development.
Shama aims to support the development of a truly multicultural New Zealand where all women from ethnic minorities would be fully integrated into New Zealand society, live lives of dignity, free from fear of violence and discrimination, and be recognised as valuable contributors to their local communities.