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
Jul 19, 2022

More Communities, Girls' Clubs, and Activists Organized to Prevent VAWG, Thanks to You

Your gift supports violence-prevention training.
Your gift supports violence-prevention training.

Your Generous Support Empowers Girls, Prevents Violence, and Balances Power

Your generous support for the Haitian-led movement to prevent violence against women and girls is making all the difference for girls in Haiti.

That's because your support -- together with a generous grant from the European Union -- is expanding the number of Girls' Clubs to reach 1,000 more girls between the ages of 12 and 19 in 18 communities.

Like you, we believe in the power and potential of girls to change Haiti and our world. Girls' Clubs are at the center of Beyond Borders' broader community-wide initiative to prevent gender-based violence by balancing power between women and men and girls and boys. 

That's why creating and launching Girls' Clubs is one aspect of Beyond Borders' strategy to empower girls and give them a voice so they can create positive change in their communities.

At Girls' Clubs -- thanks to trained mentors -- girls come to understand that they are equal to boys. Girls find their voice and discover that they can be a force for positive change in their communities. 

This April, we trained 20 new Girls' Club mentors -- young women who work tirelessly to empower girls and create a more equal path for them to walk.

These Girls' Club mentors empower girls to become leaders in their community and to advocate for balanced power with boys and an end to gender-based violence.

Thank you again for your generous support for the movement to prevent violence against women and girls. More girls in Haiti are growing up free from violence and inequality and realizing what a powerful force for positive change they can be, thanks to you.

You Make Training with Community Leaders Like These Possible

Your gift is supporting the creation of lasting, community-based solutions to prevent violence and balance power between the sexes.

A key component of this effort is gaining the support of local leaders like elected representatives, school directors, and pastors to name a few, who have the power to direct resources and encourage the institutions they run to make ending gender-based violence a priority.

That's why the Rethinking Power team is investing significant time and creativity to engage local leaders like these -- an initiative that your generosity makes possible. 

In April the Rethinking Power team led a workshop with 40 local leaders from four communities in southeastern Haiti. It included discussions on personal and communal power and how each of us can choose to use our power to prevent violence.

Workshops like these are the foundation of a multi-year effort to accompany communities as they organize themselves to prevent gender-based violence and balance power between the sexes.

Your investment in the mission of Rethinking Power makes this kind of community-based movement-building work possible!

Thank you again for your generous support for the movement to prevent violence against women and girls. More communities in Haiti are committed to preventing violence and inequality -- thanks to you.

Your Generosity is Ending Gender-based Violence, Healing Families, and Building a Movement

Your generosity and your solidarity are transforming lives -- ending gender-based violence and balancing power between women and men and girls in boys.

I want to share with you the words of Jonadab, a husband who turned away from the violent, abusive way he interacted with his wife after taking part in a couples' workshop hosted by Beyond Borders' Rethinking Power team. Here is Jonadab, in his own words.

“When I got married, I was the real boss of my family. I said what happened, when, and how. I never consulted my wife. Everyone called me Commander. I was proud of this nickname because it meant people were scared of me.

One day, I was angry and I began hitting my wife. I shouted that I was going to leave her. Word spread quickly in the community. That was the first time I heard people talking about the consequences of violence on a family. Some people came and started talking with me, too.

I was ashamed of what I'd done and it started me thinking. I was invited to a couples’ workshop. I wanted to go but I was afraid. My wife asked me to go with her. We went together.

Since then, we are two of the most active members in our community. On International Women's Day this year, I was the one with the megaphone at our local march sharing messages to end violence against women.

People who knew what I was like before were surprised. They made jokes, but I had the courage to tell them that before I was an animal but today, I am a citizen.

My wife had a lot of courage to help me change. Today my wife, child and I live better together, balancing power in our household, and I am grateful."

Your investment in the mission of Rethinking Power makes this kind of community-based movement-building work and personal transformation possible.

Thank you again for your generous support for the movement to prevent violence against women and girls. More communities in Haiti are committed to preventing violence and balancing power -- thanks to you.

New Communities Mobilized, New Activists Selected and Trained Thanks to You

With your support, Beyond Borders’ Rethinking Power team conducted visits in communities in Haiti’s southeast in preparation for the rollout of a new implementation cycle in January 2022.  Staff met with nonprofit, community, and religious leaders, local authorities, and school directors. The visits were an opportunity to begin developing relationships.

Here’s a look at some new and existing activities that your support made possible:

  • 16 Girls’ Club Mentors have been recruited and trained;
  • 438 girls have joined new Girls’ Clubs;
  • 66 Community Activities have been selected and trained;
  • 39 Community Leaders have been identified and trained;
  • 44 school personnel have been engaged;
  • 6 organizations received staff training and support on the utilization of the SASA!, Power to Girls, or the Safe and Capable methodologies in their communities;
  • 19 other organizations were trained on violence against women and girls with disabilities and/or effective prevention principles;
  • 105 young girls from 16 Girls’ Clubs who received their certificates for graduating from clubs;
  • 32 members from different organizations were trained on popular theater techniques;
  • 16 young women participated in leadership training on how to become a Girl’s Club Mentor, to foster the creation of new community Girls’ Clubs in their communities.

New Materials, New Methodologies, and Improvements That Your Support Makes Possible

This year, with your support, the Rethinking Power team has made considerable gains in the development and adaptation of materials and methodologies. The team has adapted four of six books of SASA! Together into Haitian Creole and is in the process of revising existing Power to Girls materials based on experiences from previous implementations. The development of The Girls’ Economic Power Resource Pack is underway too.

Advocacy and Feminist Movement Building with National and International Partners

Six organizations received staff training and support on the utilization of the SASA!, Power to Girls, or Safe and Capable methodologies in their communities. Ten other organizations were trained on violence prevention principles. The team collaborated with international partner Raising Voices to offer a webinar on Safe and Capable. Raising Voices has expressed interest in continued opportunities to let their partners know about Safe and Capable and continues to share the webinar recording with other interested entities abroad.

Activists Trained in Advocacy Give Rise to New Prevention Organizations

Community level sustainability is largely supported by the continued efforts of trained community activists and local groups. Their actions continue to catalyze positive social norms change as well as influence the policy and practices of local institutions and governments. The Rethinking Power Team trained 30 community members, equipping them with new advocacy skills and techniques.

Working with the 575 trained members of the Lavale community network in southeastern Haiti, the team supported communities as they formed four advocacy committees.  Two of these committees have been registered as formal organizations with Haitian legal status. GAPEP and the Girls’ Advocacy Committee of Tenyè have continued to lead community mobilization and advocacy activities within their own communities. Advocacy committees have also proactively networked to advance a series of measures to increase inclusion and prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities.

Thank You Again

Thank you again for your generosity, your solidarity, your care, and your concern. More women and girls in Haiti are empowered and living free of violence and inequality because of you! If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Engagement Director, at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

Preventing VAWG by training grassroots leaders.
Preventing VAWG by training grassroots leaders.
A Girls' Club leader in southeastern Haiti.
A Girls' Club leader in southeastern Haiti.
A Rethinking Power poster on the rights of girls.
A Rethinking Power poster on the rights of girls.
A Girls' Club in southeastern Haiti.
A Girls' Club in southeastern Haiti.
Your gift supports training in new neighborhoods.
Your gift supports training in new neighborhoods.

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