against a woman in India
As at December 2018
Every day, Opportunity works with just under six million women living in the Asia region, investing in mothers with small loans to create community transformation. But when these women continue to face violence in their homes and communities, the transformation is hindered. India is one of the worst four countries in the world in terms of frequency and severity of violence against women. Here, Opportunity works with over four and a half million women and it is here that we are working to end the violence.
Your generous support is giving women and girls the choice to live lives free from violence, abuse and exploitation.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
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A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Women and their children seeking to flee domestic violence often have nowhere safe to go. The first PeaceMaker safe home opened in late 2018 – the Lotus Safe Home. A key step on the journey to lives free of violence and abuse, Lotus can accomodate 12 women and their children at any one time. Women staying here experience not just a safe shelter but holistic support. This includes counselling, legal aid and vocational and skills training to equip them to implement their individual plans for independence.
EDUCATING TEENS TO PREVENT FUTURE ABUSE
The Shakti program for girls is a year-long, peer-support and mentorship initiative for teenage girls. Over twelve months, these teenagers build bonds with their peers – so they have friends to turn to when they need help – while learning about the dangers they can face, and strategies to take charge of their own lives. For example, girls are taught to recognise and resist illegal child mariage. They are taught to negotiate for themselves and develop healthy relationships, as well as how to access services in times of need.
In October 2018, 63 teenagers graduated from two Shakti Circles – we congratulate these girls on their commitment and encourage them to use their new-found confidence and knowledge to take control of their own futures, and impact their communities.
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New Madhuri's Journey
Like many women seeking freedom from abuse, Madhuri's journey is not over yet. Thanks to her PeaceMakers she has the support she needs to keep moving forward.
*Honouring Madhuri's request for privacy names have been changed and no photos shared
How You're Ending Violence
Three out of every four women who are abused not only never seek help, but in fact rarely even speak to anyone about the abuse they are facing. The PeaceMaker is the most effective option for reaching women and encouraging them to access help.
Program partner: My Choices Foundation
Opportunity's program partner My Choices Foundation was born from the desire to see families become the focus of prevention and transformation of the most pervasive and intractable forms of injustice against women and girls – domestic violence and human trafficking.
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