Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti

by Beyond Borders
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti

Project Report | Jan 16, 2020
You Are Building the Movement to Prevent Violence and Balance Power

By Brian Stevens | Donor Engagement Director

A rally to end violence against women and girls.
A rally to end violence against women and girls.

Your Generous Support is Building a Movement

You are building the movement to free, educate, and empower girls in Haiti by preventing violence against women and girls and balancing power between women and men and girls and boys. Thank you!

Creating lasting change requires broad social movements that transform the way people think about and react to injustice. Your support for Beyond Borders’ ‘Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti’ project is helping to build a Haitian-led movement to ensure that every woman and girl lives free from violence, discrimination, and inequalty.

Activists Like Jesula are Changing Minds

Your support means that activists like Jesula are able to engage people from all walks of life in the movement to prevent violence against women and girls and balance power. Here’s what one Evangelical pastor said about Jesula’s work in the community of Lavale, where she and her fellow activists also organized a community-wide rally:

"Before, I thought [they] had come to split up families, but after they invited me to a meeting, I realized [they] help women and men live better. Now, Jesula I’m extending to you a standing invitation to do activities in my church anytime you want."

The Impact We’re Seeing in Communities

Measuring the impact that activists like Jesula are having as they build the movement to prevent violence against women and girls and balance power is a top priority.

A multi-year collaborative effort between Beyond Borders’ Rethinking Power team, which leads the work that your generosity is supporting, and the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University to measure the impact of our movement building work that is employing the SASA!* methodology is currently underway.

Initial results indicate a more than 38% decrease in controlling behavior by men, a more than 45% decline in economic-based intimate partner violence (a male spouse or partner taking money from and/or refusing to share household economic decision-making with a female spouse or partner), and a more than 30% decline in physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence.

Researchers have also found “significant results as related to the social norms that should favor more equality between boys and girls.”

*Created by our friends at Raising Voices, SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) is a ground-breaking, internationally-recognized model of community-mobilization to stop violence against women and the spread of HIV. Engaging all actors in the community — women, men, cultural and religious leaders, local officials, police, health-care providers — SASA! fosters critical reflection on gender and power and instigates local-level activism.

A Husband Shares How SASA! Changed Him

“Before I became involved in SASA! activities, I would not give my wife money to go to market on Saturday if she did not have sex with me on Friday night. Now I recognize she has the right to say no if she does not want to have sex.”

The Movement Building Work That You Make Possible

Here's some of the movement building work that your generosity is making possible in Haiti:

Trainings for Community Activists, Health Workers, Journalists, and Girls’ Club Leaders

  • 40 Community Activists spent three days in training to better understand the Action Phase of SASA! and Phase 4 of Power to Girls* and the kind of activities they have to facilitate (with the support of the Rethinking Power team) during these phases.
  • 15 health workers participated in two days of training on the Action Phase of SASA!
  • 16 journalists participated in a one-day training on the Action Phase of SASA! and Phase 4 of Power to Girls. This training helped them understand the objectives of these phases and the ways to address the subject of violence against women and girls in their reporting.
  • 15 health workers, 26 members of organizations that respond to incidents of violence against women and girls, and mentors from Girls’ Clubs launched by Beyond Borders were trained in the Safe and Capable module to help them better understand the reality of women and girls living with disabilities and the high risks of violence (compared to women and girls who are not living with disabilities) that they face. This training equipped them with the skills they need to help ensure women and girls with disabilities live free from violence and discrimination.
  • Meetings to gather feedback from leaders and mentors in 16 Girls’ Clubs, and community activists and leaders were held, and a new supervisor for Girls’ Club mentors was hired. 

*Power To Girls includes a complete, three-year methodology to integrate lessons on equality and preventing gender-based violence into the school curriculum, including sample lesson plans for social science, biology and language teachers. Power To Girls also includes a guide to help schools and communities create and support local girls’ groups, and a set of community organizing tools designed to create deep and lasting change among adults too.

A Girls’ Club Mentor Shares How the Safe and Capable Training Changed Her

“I’m a mentor and I always tell the girls not to hurt children living with disabilities, but, after this training, I’ve come to realize that I marginalized my younger sister who is living with a disability. Now, I’ve invited my sister to be a member of the club and she is doing well. One day, the girls had to walk to go somewhere for an activity. I was embarrassed because I thought my sister would not be able to make it, but she did better than many of the girls. I realized that my attitudes toward her were marginalizing her and that she is able to do more than I thought.” 

House Gatherings, Community-Wide Rallies, Theatre Performances, and Radio Programs to Raise Awareness    

Thanks to your support, the Rethinking Power team -- in collaboration with local Community Activists -- organized seven house gatherings and community-wide rallies to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. More than 170 community members joined the efforts to discuss and learn about concepts from SASA! and Power to Girls.

The Rethinking Power team organized four theatre performances on preventing violence against women and girls and balancing power between women and men and girls and boys. More than 150 people participated in discussions after the performances.

For the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, the team organized a radio broadcast to highlight the increased rate of violence women and girls with disabilities face.

To launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from Nov. 25-Dec. 10, the team organized a press conference and public demonstration in the community of Lavale. More than 50 Community Activists participated.

Technical Support for Partner Organizations Working to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Demonstrations throughout Haiti made it difficult for the Technical Support team to travel, so the team kept contact with partner organizations through telephone calls and Skype, even holding a training for members of one partner organization through Skype. During the month of December, the team organized three in-person three-day trainings from Dec. 11-13, 17-19 and 27-29 for partner organizations.

Thank You Again

Your continued support and solidarity are building the movement to prevent violence against women and girls and ensure that every day more and more girls in Haiti are growing up free, educated, and empowered. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Donor Engagement Director, at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net. Thank you again!

 

Students at a Jacmel school using Power To Girls.
Students at a Jacmel school using Power To Girls.
Both women and men are joining the movement.
Both women and men are joining the movement.
One of 16 Girls' Clubs in southeastern Haiti.
One of 16 Girls' Clubs in southeastern Haiti.
A poster from the Safe and Capable training.
A poster from the Safe and Capable training.
In 2020, we've again earned 'top-ranked' status.
In 2020, we've again earned 'top-ranked' status.

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