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We believe that equity cannot exist without community, and that community cannot exist without collaboration.

That's why we work closely with our corporate partners, donors and volunteers to create career-readiness Lotus Flower Programmes and provide opportunities for workplace mentorship. Our approach is holistic and gender-specific, aimed at empowering migrant women to achieve empowered employment.

“I feel lucky that my role has enabled me to work with such a welcoming, dedicated, inspiring group of people who are fighting the good fight.”

Administrative Professional

“This programme helped me getting back that self esteem that I lost along the way.”

Change Manager

“This programme was life changing for me. Now I have a full-time job and I am a better person.”

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

The Lotus Flower Programme

Created in collaboration with private sector companies, our intensive 9-week Lotus Flower Programmes focus on future-proof career readiness training, female mentorship, job shadowing and placement opportunities for groups of 8-10 participants at a time.

Leveraging the unique expertise of our corporate partners, each programme's curriculum is tailor-made to empower our participants with the knowledge, network and in-demand skills needed to enter and thrive in the Dutch labour market.

Following an initial career-mapping stage, our participants attend 2-3 weekly workshops and mentorship sessions facilitated by the sponsor's employees – with past workshops covering topics like Supply Chain Management, Data Science & Python 101, Intercultural Communication and Personal Branding. We also include confidence building workshops, for example, Self-Defence Training with our partner JUNO. Finally, each participant is also matched with a female mentor they'll meet weekly for programme guidance and support.

After completing the programme, participants attend a graduation ceremony where they receive a certificate and get ready to begin the employment process with She Matters Recruitment.

Becoming a graduate

Our Lotus Flower Programmes were created specifically for migrant women living in the Netherlands with a professional background. Each programme has capacity for 8-10 participants who are specialists in their field and also meet the following criteria:

– College-level degree (minimum two years);
– Valid Dutch residence permit;
– Completion of the Dutch Civic Integration exam;
– Experience using American, British or Canadian-standard workplace English in their country of origin;
– Proven adaptability and communication skills;
– Personal motivation to enter the labour market.

Become a corporate partner

Our corporate partners can support She Matters Foundation through the joint creation and execution of a Lotus Flower Programme, sponsoring a programme scholarship, or in-kind contributions such as workshop facilitators, female mentors or project managers.

If you're ready to be part of the change and have a great time doing it, we'd love to hear from you.
Recent graduates

Lotus Flower Programme almuni

Hala is an administrative professional from Syria with 7+ years of international experience in providing administrative and technical support to the management team, working and volunteering in education and professional services sectors in Turkey, Syria, and the Netherlands.

Administrative Professional

Lula is a diversely skilled professional that demonstrably puts the consumer at the centre, and brings the ability to work with sensitive data in a high-stake environment with proven high-learning agility, resilience and the ability to evolve immediately. She was previously the Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the Major of the Eritrean Ministry of Finance.

Administrative Professional

Yasmin is a Civil Engineer from Syria. Her extensive experience spans from academic work - lecturing at universities - to working in the field for contracting companies. Her international experience in various fields has given her an adaptable and flexible mindset. Her goal is to secure employment that allows her to invest her abilities and skills at a future-forward company.

Civil Engineer

Originally from Syria, Dima's previous work experience includes the role of Legal Advisor to the Syrian Professional Network. She recently earned her Master's degree in Public International Law at Utrecht University and is currently undergoing an internship at Women Win.

Legal Advisor

Dareen has a passion for tech and is well-versed in front-end programmes. She is originally from Syria and upon arriving in the Netherlands, decided to shift her career in a new direction. Dareen is currently employed with Arcadis in a project management support role.

Junior Front-end Developer

Lula is a highly experienced content management and brand development executive with strong leadership skills, developed over 5+ years within CMS & digital media industries - manage content across multiple community channels, marketing & social networks to bring exciting products to the global market. Up-to-date with fashion and digital media industry trends.

Data Analyst

Arya is an experienced change manager with 7+ years of experience working in cross-functional consultancy teams, providing guidance and support in global commerce, marketing, digitalisation, and brand management to companies and institutions in Turkey. With her background in full-stack development, she not only has the technical and analytical skills needed to succeed in our digital world, but a strong mindset for stakeholder management.

Change Manager

Marwa is a dedicated office management professional from Syria with experience handling a wide range of administrative, technical and executive-support functions. Highly organised with a proven ability to execute and produce effective and timely results. Marwa is currently employed with Patagonia where she is supporting the Executive Management Team as an Office Manager & Executive Assistant.

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Originally from Syria, Suha is a diversely skilled professional with experience in administrative support and interior design. She has a proven track record of providing professional, proactive and comprehensive support to the leadership team, and maintaining productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Proficient in MS Office, and easily adaptable to new technologies.

Administrative Professional