The project has helped more than 4 thousand women in a month. Women only need to send a WhatsApp message with the word “hola” (hello) and the assistants, who are people trained to deal with cases of violence, assess the risk of the victim, and provide guidance.
Violence against women increased in Colombia during social isolation. Call center 155 has seen a 103% increase in calls since the quarantine began on March 25. Thus, 40 women from the “Red Solidaria de Mujeres” have offered legal and psychological guidance to the victims.
It is an initiative of the Red COMAL Network, from the Rural Caja 21 de mayo, a community initiative led by women. Its leader, Lucia Sarmiento and other women sew fabric masks for families and their community. Another part of the production is sold in the city Comayagua.
The #MascarillaVioleta campaign was launched by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to protest against violence against women as part of the “No estás sola” (meaning “You are not alone) initiative. In fifty days of mandatory quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 28,000 calls for help were answered,…
The government has further called for such cases to be given priority and for the necessary protection measures stipulated by the law to be implemented. UN Women has warned that since the pandemic has started violence against women and girls and in particular domestic violence has intensified.
The European Parliament together with Samusocial Brussels, an organization working against exclusion, turned its offices into bedrooms to settle needed women. Several of the shelters for abused women have had to close due to the lockdown. The European Parliament buildings are empty because the sessions were suspended at least until…
They also prepare information materials about Covid-19 in Kaqchiquel, a language spoken by some indigenous people in Central America. Some populations are uninformed about Covid-19 because most of the information is in Spanish, the country’s official language.
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