Women Healing & Empowering Women

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Our Mission

Welcome to Women Healing Empowering Women (WHEW) is a grass-roots reentry organization founded in 2005, 501(c)(3) incorporated in 2007.

WHEW is on a mission USING the ARTS as a HEALING TOOL to address interconnected challenges women face such as former incarceration, homelessness, and domestic violence, starting local going global.

WHEW's vision is to be an organization committed to empowering women globally through economic, educational, environmental, and cultural programs that work to end prison recidivism, homelessness, gender and ethnic biases, inter-generational poverty, the lack of access to adequate, and sufficient education.

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WHEW IS

WHEW is unapologetic, unconventional, and uncompromised when it comes to addressing these complicated issues by using spiritual beliefs that go against the grain of the mainstream and macro culture of the west. We chose to focus on the “Community Service” since most communities of Melanin dominant and Indigenous communities have people who are usually facing the problems that the organization addresses.

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WHEW IS! 

WHEW is on a mission to address the intersectionality of former incarceration, homelessness, and domestic violence, USING Spiritual Indigenous Rituals, and ARTS HEALING TOOLS starting local- going global c) movement, song, drumming, and more encompassed in Interplay-(techniques used), Theater of the Oppressed-(technique that is used), and Embodying Equity-(used in advocacy work as art for the healing for your body) with a focus on womyn- Melanin dominant aka BIPOC

"It's time for women to stop being politely angry" - ​ Lemah Gbowee

EXTRAORDINARY ELDERS Film Project (EEFP)


WHEW IS: currently promoting our most recent projects Extraordinary Elders Film Project (EEFP) and launching this August 2021 BEAH Ripple:Sexual Healing Grief Ritual

Many Melanin dominant and Indigenous /BIPOC senior citizens in the Houston area have focused their lives on helping and sharing their wisdom with others. Unfortunately, only those who have encountered these individuals in person have benefited from their influence, most of these elders have no online presence and are relatively unknown. The Extraordinary Elders Film Project (EEFP) seeks to address this problem by sharing their amazing life stories through the medium of short form documentary before they fade into ubiquity undocumented. This in turn will allow their presence to continue to be influential to future generations beyond the scope of their immediate presences and life spans. More importantly, this project promotes intergenerational relationships. Younger folks ranging in age were selected to conduct interviews with the elders.  

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BEAH Ripple: Sexual Healing Grief Ritual 

The “Relationship Building Women Only” project is a continuum of WHEW’S previous work to address gatekeepers, the ideals of being saved or manipulated by men, and the process of working with agency. Not competing to occupy space, each being encouraged to be their full self. For a labor-intensive analysis of self. Sixteen (16) artists i.e. dancers, poets, singers, drummers, etc., (8 Melanin dominant, 8 Caucasian) to be emotionally naked and uncomfortable, like a pregnant woman willing to go through the various stages of labor to give birth to a new day starting with divine and genuine relationships amongst women. 

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WHEW HAS

For years focused on the Community Service work because most communities of Melanin dominant people aka BIPOC are overwhelmed with the aforementioned issues. Past Works that are ongoing- The Second Chance Conference, Where is the LOVE Town Hall, Connect the DOTS Workshop - while the etymology and semantics to describe the methods of our advocacy and healing work have changed over the years, the essence of WHEW’s work has not. Our work is grounded in rituals embodying spiritual practices that include IFA & Dagara, Indigenous Dance, drumming, story telling, film series, panel discussions, and other affirming ancestral expressions that are rooted in spiritual healing.       

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The Second Chance Conference 

Conducted in October to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we use the art form of showcasing a themed series of films followed by a panel discussion of professionals, activists, educators, and others who are versed with the knowledge of the topic that is the focal point for that year’s conference. All films, topics, and panel discussions relate to and connect the dots to the varying intersecting issues that pertain to the challenges of being formerly incarcerated, and how it relates to domestic violence, and homelessness.

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Womyn/Men Only Discussion Groups

The initial creation for these discussion groups was for the purpose of providing a safe space for womyn and men to have a separate space to discuss issues that examines what it means to be a womy/man, conversations about sexuality and the historical factors that have affected the relationship between womyn and men, called the 5 S’s  

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Connect The Dot's Workshops

connects the dots between the relationship w/self, stereotypical ideas promoted in media, lack of self-awareness, and cultural pride, Domestic Violence, Hip Hop and Prison Culture, and Reentry Workshops WHEW’s primary “products” are dissecting and building relationship workshops on the local-global for the purpose of connecting multiple components at the root of prison and hip-hop culture.  

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WHEW’s Founder and Contributing Partners

Busi L. Peters-Maughan- an activist, educator, world traveler, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and Reentry/Criminal Justice/Hip Hop Artivist. She began her teaching career in the fall of 91’. Since that time she taught for years in various places; such as Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Brooklyn, New York, and Houston, Texas. Her travels encompass thirty-one (31) countries and thirty-one (31) US states across which she runs her own import/export company Sikawaida Imports and the Founder of WHEW Women Healing and Empowering Women, a 501(c) (3) social purpose venture confronting the intersection issues of Melanin dominant and Indigenous women in prison, and how it relates to sexual abuse, family violence, homelessness, negative impacts of misogynistic lyrics, objectification of women, and the glorification of prison culture in Hip Hop.   

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JOIN THE BEAH (Be A) Ripple in the Pond Movement
​BRPM is inspired by Beah Richard's poem:A Black Woman Speaks

When you educate a man you educate an individual, when you educate a wombyn, you educate a NATION.

First they Wombyen heal the Wombyen, then the Wombyen, Heal the MEN.

BUSI PETERS, CEO

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