16 Days of Activism: Mónica de las Casas Alegre says NO to gender-based violence

ComVoMujer aims at bringing actors from the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors together to cooperate in the implementation of measures to fight against violence against women (VAW). Mónica de las Casas Alegre is the program's main consultant. She is convinced that the dismantling of gender-stereotypes is essential in the fight against gender-based violence. The program ComVoMujer focuses specifically on vulnerable groups such as young women and women in rural areas in four Latin American countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru. Inter-sectoral work is showcased for instance in the support given to the Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations in Peru in its collaboration with private companies, which actively allocate resources towards preventing VAW.

Prevention is the key

In the fight against VAW preventive work is seen as the most efficient way to address the issue. In order to have a lasting impact, preventive work needs to deconstruct gender stereotypes and power imbalances, which are the main cause for VAW. Thus, ComVoMujer focuses primarily on prevention and actively supports the development of practices that are perceived as good and efficient by women themselves.

Concrete impacts

ComVoMujer recognizes that involving multiple sectors is necessary in order to address such a multidimensional and deeply rooted problem as VAW. As a result of the program the National Telecommunications Corporation of Ecuador (CNT) has developed a cost-free app Junt@s, which now is a standard app in every smart phone sold by CNT. With the help of the app the user can contact an emergency center or a person of trust with just a click. The app also contains information about institutions that specialize in combating VAW and tests to check whether one suffers from violence or may be even executing it. Another success story is the campaign against VAW that started in Peru in collaboration with the local water industry, which later spread to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay ultimately reaching in total over 16.5 million clients with messages against VAW.

Mónica de las Casas Alegre is the program's main consultant.

Developing Local Strategies to Prevent Human Trafficking

Through the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) local governments in Latin America were sensitised to the problem of human trafficking. The issue is being integrated into the development of local security agendas at the community level. Guidelines for action were prepared and disseminated.

For further information about any of the projects mentioned here, please write to us at gender@giz.de.