This is PETAL’s signature event utilizing a methodology created by the PETAL Team to provide a safe and brave space in which women sit together in a circle to learn, share, listen and support each other. Topics span a variety of areas including relationship, social, legal, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and mental health issues.
Annual Women’s Forum
As part of its advocacy strategy, PETAL conducts its annual Women's Forum on or near March 8th International Women’s Day- in observation of that significant day for women's advocacy. We take the opportunity to discuss pertinent national issues that impact women using a panel discussion format.
‘Herscape’ Valentine Gala
The PETAL Team established this event in 2017 after observing that there was no safe and brave space available to the LGBT community to celebrate Valentine’s with their loved ones without the worry of stigma, discrimination or violence. This event is held on the Saturday closest to February 14th and is used as a fundraising opportunity for PETAL while providing a well-decorated, fun-filled and safe space for dining, dancing and socializing.
Wellness ‘Fun’ Day
Most of the members of PETAL have children and so this activity was created for the women to celebrate Mother’s Day with their children, family members and supporters in a safe, outdoor space that would allow the children of these families to see that there are other families like theirs. The day is filled with enjoyable, creative activities for the children as well as for the family.
Gender-Based Violence Outreach (GBV)
PETAL joins the global campaign to address gender-based violence (GBV) by conducting an outreach activity every month on the 25th. We provide information to the public about GBV. What it is, how to access services etc. As well as sexual and reproductive health and rights. This is done in partnership with other NGOs, businesses and allies.
Personal & Professional Development Training (PDT’s)
All PETAL Personal and Professional Training sessions focus on empowerment through awareness raising in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The sessions run for an average of three hours each and bring together a maximum of 20 participants in any one session to ensure adequate learning opportunities for each participant. Each provides basic guidelines, tips or skills about SMART goal setting, relevant communication skills to enter the working environment, necessary professional documents for seeking employment, characteristics of a professional in the work/business filed, or confidence-building techniques that will help participants function confidently in personal as well as in professional and formal settings.
Advocacy achieves success through meaningful partnerships. PETAL meets with various individuals and entities of government, civil society, the diplomatic corps and the private sector to familiarize them with our work and explore opportunities for partnership.