Below are organizations I support and admire in their relentless pursuit of tackling gender-based violence.
Throughout the world, violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights issue, affecting the physical and mental health of women and girls and tearing families and communities apart. Worldwide, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The toll is enormous, costing billions of dollars in social, judicial, and health costs, in addition to lost productivity and wages.
International Medical Corps integrates innovative strategies into its core programs to address gender-based violence (GBV), which is defined as actual or threatened physical, sexual, and psychological violence that occurs either within the family or in the broader community. We take a holistic approach to all of our GBV programs so that we not only treat the physical and psychological aftermath of abuse, but also prevent future cases through community education and outreach.
International Medical Corps has conducted successful programs to prevent and respond to GBV in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. These programs are implemented in areas of armed conflict and post-conflict, as part of more stable community-based development and capacity-building projects, and as a component of integrated health programs related to HIV/AIDS, nutrition or reproductive health.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls*. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
V-DAY also founded City of Joy.
The City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Conceived, owned, and run by local Congolese, the City of Joy has flourished since it first opened its doors in June 2011, healing women from their past trauma through therapy and life skills programming while providing them with the essential ingredients needed to move forward in life – love and community.
Serving 90 survivors of gender violence aged 18 to 30 at a time, City of Joy is now in its 6th year of operation and has graduated 759 women leaders in nine classes.