The 1000 Women Trust launched a new fully furbished women’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre at the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg earlier this month.According to Caroline Peters, the programme manager of the trust, the centre was established to increase the employability of women based at the centre, many of whom do not know how to work with computers or laptops. About 150 women in the shelter and in the neighbouring communities of Manenberg, Heideveld, Bonteheuwel and Bridgetown will be trained in the first few weeks of the programme.This will be done with the aim to empower the women with the necessary job skills so that they can find employment once leaving the centre to provide economic assistance to their families. “We are launching a skills lab a computer centre for young women who are shelter residents. Many women don’t know how to work with laptops. We are helping the women in the shelters and other women in the community,” says Peters.“Women stay in abusive relationships because of economics and this ICT-centre provides them with the skills to find new jobs.”The computer training will also give the women the opportunity to earn a certificate and gain access to a job. V For more information, contact 082 908 8739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.