Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children
Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children is a non-profit shelter established in 2008 under the Federal Law No. (51) of 2006, which considers human trafficking a criminal act punishable by law.
The full-fledged Shelter can accommodate over 60 women and children at a time.
Prior to admission, the shelter refers the victims to Abu Dhabi police to look into their cases. The shelter works in coordination with the institutions that are often approached by victims for help such as police, embassies, religion institutions, hospitals and UAE Red Crescent, among others.
Victims can also contact the Shelter via the hotline 800 7283 for guidance on how they can join.
When the Shelter receives victims, it takes into consideration their psychological condition and provides them with a home-like atmosphere.
Victims receive all aspects of social, legal, psychological and medical assistance, in addition to educational and rehabilitation programmes.
Victims also get assistance in all stages of investigations and courts procedures to protect their rights and ensure a safe return to their home countries.
Rehabilitation and Counselling Programmes
Victims can join classes in embroidery, handicrafts, drawing, music, swimming, English language, or Holy Quran.
After undergoing the rehabilitation programme and completing all legal procedures, the Shelter coordinates with international organisations to place victims in similar shelters in their home countries and follow up on their treatments and rehabilitation.
The Shelter provides victims with financial assistance to help them start over. It also assists, sometimes, victims to find jobs in UAE.
The Shelter's team consists of wardens, social workers and multi-lingual employees who can speak Arabic, English, Russian, Urdu, Filipino and Bengali. They work in shifts to ensure their availability round the clock to respond to victims' calls.
Victims can reach the multi-lingual hotline at 800 SAVE (800 7283) from different parts of the country.
Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children was established on a plot of land donated by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation (FDF) and the Chairwoman of the General Women's Union. HH also donated the costs of building the Shelter.
Ewa'a, which means “to shelter”, was set up under the umbrella of UAE Red Crescent and in cooperation with the UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) to provide women and children, victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse, with a safe and temporary shelter, as well as all necessary medical, psychological and social assistance.
Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children website