This webinar featured a conversation between legal empowerment practitioners empowering women in their communities in Guatemala, India and Nigeria to know their rights and take on leadership roles to end gender-based violence.
Worldwide an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime, and each of the countries represented in this webinar is grappling with issues of gender based violence. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with the danger increasing for rural, indigenous women. In India, nearly 50% of Indian women experience violence in their own homes. Over 50% of men, women, boys and girls believe that this is normal. Nigeria has the third highest absolute number of child brides in the world, and child marriage is particularly common among Nigeria’s poorest, rural households
Each presenter discussed their experiences, profiled effective legal empowerment strategies they’ve used to address gender based violence. They related how the challenges they face in their work across continents are often very similar, but so are the solutions.
On April 16, we held a webinar led by three dynamo practitioners from Guatemala, India, and Nigeria on how legal empowerment efforts support women and girls to know their rights and take on leadership roles to end GBV.
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@fatimaadamu of the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative which gives the children and women of Nigeria an opportunity to escape from the cycle of poverty fostered by long held traditional beliefs through economic empowerment programs and access to qualitative education and health care. Fatima will share strategies her team uses to offer safe spaces to women and girls, and mitigate the ever-evolving challenges that arise when combating gender-based violence.
@KateFlatley the founder and director of Women’s Justice Initiative, building a more equitable world for Mayan women and girls by combating gender inequality and violence against women and girls through WJI’s four different programs. After completing these programs, 42% of participants sought legal aid from WJI, a 950% increase from baseline, where 4% of women reported having received legal aid in the past. Kate will also discuss how oftentimes what a practitioner may see as a positive legal outcome is not what a survivor may view as a positive outcome in their personal life.
@Farzanakhan of My Choices Foundation which aims to reduce domestic violence in India through thousands of PeaceMakers who are trained in family and marriage counseling and all aspects of the Domestic Violence Act. You can read more about her work in our network’s Member Spotlight. Farzana will outline how My Choices employs “PeaceMakers” to work in community counseling, educating, and assisting victims of domestic violence.
**Pioneers from our movement are confronting the global emergency that is GBV. We learned about about the challenges they face in their local contexts, how their efforts can translate and echo across continents, and how legal empowerment can help women and girls live free from violence and exploitation.