22 January, 2023

Todos con Voz launches "You are not alone" campaign

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

All with Voice, a movement that seeks to make visible, sensitize and train about social rights, political and economic status of women in Latin America, throw this 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the "You are not alone" campaign, designed to send a strong message to women who suffer gender violence.

It is a hopeful message that breaks stereotypes, cognitive distortions and the self-perceptions that keep them mired in violence.

To choose the slogan of the campaign "You are not alone", the emotional characteristics of the abused woman have been carefully considered. Feeling lonely is a fundamental complaint of victims. They feel lonely at the expense of their assailant, alone isolated from family members and other people who could make up their support network.

They perceive themselves alone and helpless in the journey towards the complaint, and that feeling of loneliness increases his fear and guilt, paralyzing them to take possible actions against violence. Feeling alone increases their defenselessness and keeps them trapped in the situation of abuse.

“To eliminate violence against women, we as a society need to promote from all sectors, a sociocultural change, uprooting patriarchal behaviors that negatively feed the duty or roles of men and women. We must seek equity of rights and duties. Where the model of supremacy and power of man disappears ", says Khadine Sanhueza, founder of Todos con Voz.

Gender-based violence is modulated by the abuser through the unpredictability of its appearance and through isolation. "You are not alone" exposes the stigmatization that comes from being a victim of violence, inducing the breaking of silence, reinforcing their capacities and helping to access the resources that allow them to get out of the abuse.

"You are not alone" decodes the woman, empowering her to face with strength the desolation that violence has generated in her life project.

“The visualization of equitable models is key, awareness raising and training on political rights, economic and cultural aspects of women. In addition, it is necessary to identify the shortcomings that in each country we have in terms of the lack of rights, the application of the laws, exemplary punishments where sentences are served in their entirety and effective and forceful public protection policies. These are real tools that must be implemented to eliminate and prevent violence against women and build a just society ", highlights Khadine Sanhueza.

The UN estimates that around 35% of women around the world have suffered physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, and that 137 women are killed every day by members of their own family.

Women and girls represent the 72% of global victims of human trafficking, and adolescent women between the ages of fifteen and nineteen are at higher risk of experiencing forced sex.

During confinement due to the pandemic, calls to the telephone lines to help women due to domestic violence have increased notably. Likewise, less than 40% of women who suffer violence seek help from institutions such as the police or health services, indicating that there is still a long way to go in eradicating violence against women and girls.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated on 25 November from 1981 in commemoration of the murder of the Mirabal sisters. Homeland, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, known as the "The Butterflies", were three political activists from the Dominican Republic.

About All with Voice

It is a Movement that seeks to make visible, sensitize and train about social rights, political and economic status of women in Latin America, working hand in hand with all sectors of society that fight for a fairer region, that allows us to achieve change and advance towards gender equality in the region. They are professionals who are specialists in gender issues, communications, journalism, public relations politics and social marketing.

They provide services with a gender perspective, digital training days, evaluation of social programs with perspective, diagnostics on equity and parity, information campaigns, sensitization and promotion of rights and advice on equity.