Screenshots of our campaign's graphics
November has just ended, and with it the international stand against gender violence taken by women everywhere on the day of the 25th.
As an organization working with women in social vulnerability (trapped in cycles of violence and economic dependency), we see every day the consequences this kind of violence has on the women that go through it. We get to know them, we hear their stories, we try to mend their confidence broken by it, we change their perception of it, as well as the way they define love.
We know first-hand that going through gender violence is a brutal experience, from the experiences that the CAPTA women have gone through. We know what it can do to a person, to their sense of self, to the way they treat others as a result, to their motivation and the independence they feel they deserve…
This is why we created our social media campaign #NoEsNo at the beginning of the month. To educate and raise awareness in the population about the different types of violence, the prevalence of violence in vulnerable populations (based on figures from our CAPTA program), and the power of saying "NO".
On the 25th, like hundreds of women in several countries, we marched. To demand a better future for all women and girls, a real awareness of society and the enforcement of adequate protection laws to punish those responsible.
The day after that, we continued with a conversatory: "Gender Violence, a Reflective Look", which seeked to make people aware of this reality. The free event, for both men and women, started a conversation on the topic, what to do to avoid violence and how to support its victims.
This is not over yet though, since we are taking this campaign until the 10th of December. Through it, we hope to start a real conversation and leave an impact on society. Our goal is that, when it is no longer November 25, and the protesters and banners will not resonate in the streets, its lessons will remain and things will change for the better.
Apart from this, November was also a CAPTA month. First, the women went to the usual educational tour at the Panamanian Dell facilities, where they had job-related classes and workshops. They also participated in a Cultural Day, where they represented and learned about the different provinces in Panamá and their cultures (food, drink, dances, music…) alongside their families in an activity filled with color, laughter and good vibrations. As survivors of gender violence, they took a proud stand on the march of the 25th, united alongside our staff under our NOESNO banner, which they showed with conviction in front of passerbuys and protesters alike. Finally, this week, they started the second part of the program: the vocational training, where they began learning about cutlery, cooking, winery, and waitressing for any occasion. We’ll follow their progress closely and let you know how it goes.
For now, we will leave you with this. Today, Fundación Calicanto is taking part of the GivingTuesday fundraising event here on GlobalGiving. As you may or may not know, this #GivingTuesday, GlobalGiving is giving away $500,000 in matching funds to its nonprofit community members.
All funds raised at the event will go to our CAPTA program, which helps women in vulnerable situations to empower themselves and move forward through training in soft skills and technical knowledge in the area of restoration so they can get a job and break the cycle of violence and poverty in which they, their families and their communities find themselves.
To make these objectives a reality, we will need your help. How much we earn depends on how much you give. We've only got 24 hours to participate. So help us win big, and let’s keep changing lives together!
The CAPTA women visit the DELL facilities
A woman and her daughter representing a province
The CAPTA women and our staff at the march