against a woman in India
As at June 2018
Every day, Opportunity works with over five 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 three 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).
Your latest update
Prevention focus sees surge in cases reported
Following our increasing focus on prevention and awareness programs, there has been a surge in reporting of child sexual abuse cases to Operation PeaceMaker's counselling centres. In response, we've strengthened our relationships with the agencies dealing with these cases, and now play a vital role in pursuing cases as well as guiding and supporting families and children through the necessary process.
One of these prevention initiatives is the Shakti program. In June we celebrated the graduation of 73 girls from Shakti – a year-long mentorship program empowering teenagers to take control of their own safety, and impact the community around them. Participants become part of a peer support network where they learn how to avoid risks, such as child marriage, and share their struggles. Through Shakti girls are equipped to continue their education, recognise and address dangerous situations and negotiate life choices for themselves. Beyond keeping themselves safe, girls are supported to articulate their aspirations and take steps towards achieving their life goals.
We know that preventing violence is best, vitally the Shakti program helps teenage girls live safer, happier lives free from violence.
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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.