Prevention of violence

Effective action against violence

Violence exacerbates poverty and destroys communities and social cohesion. It traumatises populations and hinders development. Violence is one of the main social problems facing our project countries. terre des hommes schweiz is especially dedicated to taking action against youth violence and violence against women and girls.
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By taking part in activities, young people strengthen their feeling of belonging together and feel less like they are somehow against one another.
In addition to preventative work and counselling for victims of domestic and sexual violence, terre des homes schweiz’s partner organisations in southern Africa focus specifically on the issue of child marriage. This practice violates the fundamental rights of young girls and is still commonly practised in Mozambique and Tanzania.
 
Breaking through the silence
In the terre des hommes schweiz program countries South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Nicaragua, the most effective way to combat violence against women and girls is to involve the entire village community. If neighbours, local authorities or religious leaders take responsibility and speak up, it is possible to break through the silence. It is necessary to push for change from the ground up, especially in places where there are no state-run structures or points of contact. This approach has made it possible to convince religious leaders in Mozambique to speak out against child marriage and permanently reject this practice, which is a huge achievement.

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Youth groups provide an alternative to violence
In Columbia, Brazil and El Salvador, terre des hommes schweiz supports projects that provide youth with platforms to actively promote peaceful coexistence. Through creative campaigns and community projects, young people are managing to stop the cycle of fear and mutual mistrust in districts affected by violence. In youth groups, young people learn that there are alternatives to being part of a criminal gang. These initiatives have shown that it doesn’t take much to break the vicious cycle of violence, because there is a strong desire for change.

Table of contents for violence prevention

Effective action against violence (overview)
Violence exacerbates poverty and destroys communities and social cohesion. It traumatises populations and hinders development. terre des hommes schweiz is especially dedicated to taking action against youth violence and violence against women and girls.

Youth violence
All over the world, youth most affected by violence. Past projects have shown that both a personal and a political approach are required to tackle this issue.

Violence against girls and women
Experiencing violence can prevent girls from leading a fulfilling, self-determined life. The terre des hommes schweiz projects in southern Africa and Nicaragua have shown that directly combating violence gives young women new prospects for the future.

Child marriage
Child marriage is still widely practised in some countries. They have to leave school, do not complete any further education or training and therefore frequently become dependent on their much older husbands.

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places a high priority on the fight against violence. Several of the UN's goals call for the international community to take coordinated action to curb the global burden of violence.

The work of terre des hommes schweiz refers to objectives 5.2, 5.3 and 16 in the area of violence prevention. The objectives are presented on the respective topic page (see table of contents above).

Prevention of violence work, campaigns Andrea Zellhuber

Andrea Zellhuber

Violence Prevention Desk

061 335 91 52

andrea.zellhuber(at)terredeshommes.ch