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Since 2004, the SamuSocial Peru has been providing support services to women victims of domestic violence at Huaycán, substituting for the lack of public welfare services.
Due to the violence of the guerrilla until the beginning of 1990’s, Martha’s family ran away and settled down in Huaycán. The young woman stayed at the Samu Social centre and is still followed by the mobile staff. She testifies:
It began when I got pregnant, he used to come home drunk in the middle of the night and he slapped and kicked me. I was terrified. He was always watching me and prevented me from going at work. I stayed because he threatened to take out the children.
They have suffered a lot from this situation, they have seen everything. Despite, I did my best so they can go to school and learn to read and write. The last time my husband stroke me, I went to the police, but they didn’t want to listen to me. If the Samu didn’t exist, where would I have gone? They were the only ones who hosted me. They helped me going out of this situation and thinking about my children education. Mrs Beatriz (a Samusocial Perú educator) has always told me I could cope. Look at me and see where I am today! I run my own market stand and this man will never hurt me anymore.
The Kering Foundation is proud to support Samusocial Peru. If you want to contribute to this project, you can raise funds! Get connected on Catapult, the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.
Gucci announced today that international superstar Jennifer Lopez will join Beyoncé at ‘The Sound of Change Live’ global concert at Twickenham on 1 June. The concert will be broadcast to millions across the globe. James Franco, Blake Lively and Jada Pinkett Smith were also announced to be among the presenters of this four-hour star-studded show presented by Chime for Change. Each ticket purchased will result in a donation to an NGO fighting for girls’ and women’s empowerment.
Frida Giannini, Creative Director of Gucci and Chime for Change Co-Founder, said: “Thanks to Beyoncé and the amazing line-up of performers and presenters, the stage at Twickenham on 1 June will be filled with powerful voices of change who believe that girls and women everywhere deserve the right to be educated, healthy, safe and celebrated. This represents an important moment in the Chime for Change campaign, but it’s only the beginning. The funds we raise will have a major impact on the lives of thousands of girls and women around the world.”
The concert will start at 5.30pm and finish at 10:00pm and each artist will perform special sets with some exciting collaborations expected…
The European Union launched last 6 March a public consultation - open until 30 May - to obtain your views on how best to develop measures at EU level to fight female genital mutilation.
Member States, civil society organisations fighting against violence against women or individuals are the target groups. A summary of the main outcomes of the public consultation will be published online.
To contribute to the consultation, please fill in the questionnaire.
To know more on female genital mutilations.
Makara* is a sewing graduate of AFESIP Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Training Centers. She is now a skilled seamstress, a qualified sewing trainer and runs her own business, at the age of twenty-six.
I spent around two years at AFESIP’s Tom Dy Center. As a child, I only completed one or two years of school. At the center however, I was able to study to grade four level. I enjoyed learning. Aside from sewing, I also learned jewelry making and studied Khmer, English and computer skills. At the center I had been given a lot of opportunities so when I left, I had the chance to give back.
I took a job in an orphanage teaching sewing, and I also became qualified as a sewing trainer. A year later I felt ready to start my own business as a seamstress. The AFESIP Reintegration team was a great support and provided me with all the equipment and materials I needed to set up and they even found me a property to rent. Now I am in my second location. I found this place by myself and I share it with my sister who is also a graduate of Tom Dy Center and she has her hair salon here. I have been doing this for two years and business is good, better some days than others.
The AFESIP Reintegration team still checks in on or phones me once every two to three months to see how I am doing. I’m not dating anyone and am not planning to get married in the near future, but I am very happy. My life is totally different from how it used to be. Not only am I financially independent, but I have a skill.
The Kering Foundation is proud to support AFESIP Cambodia. If you want to contribute to this project and help purchase sewing machines so survivors of human trafficking can develop skills to earn a livelihood, you can raise funds! Get connected on Catapult, the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.
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World famous artists have joined the CHIME FOR CHANGE in an effort to spread the movement and raise funds for the benefit of women’s education, justice and health worldwide.
Watch the video featuring Arianna Huffington, Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, Halle Berry, John Legend, Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde and Ziggy Marley reminding women that using social networks, they can make their voices heard and change the status quo.