Violence against girls and women

Ways out of the vicious circle of poverty and violence

Experiences of violence slow down girls on their way to a fulfilled, self-determined life. The projects of terre des hommes switzerland in southern Africa and Nicaragua show A targeted fight against violence opens up new future opportunities for young women.

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All over the world women and girls experience domestic, psychological and sexual violence in their closest relationships. Different traditions, values and norms or state failure and social silence make it difficult to fight against it. The prevention of violence against women and girls is a focal point of terre des hommes Switzerland's work in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Nicaragua. In the fight against the causes of violence, the partner organisations are addressing various points.

Stop impunity
In the programme countries of terre des hommes switzerland, there are certainly laws on the prosecution of violence against women. But there is often a wide gap between law and reality. The partner organisations therefore draw public attention to the lack of implementation of the legal bases. Through protest actions and lobbying, they put pressure on the authorities and demand more efficient criminal prosecution in public.

The counsellor of a contact point explains a graphic on paper.

Contact points with a comprehensive range of services
In order to support victims of violence, a wide range of support services is needed, offering medical, legal and psychosocial advice in one place. Knowledge and support encourage victims to break out of violent relationships and to file charges. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz are pioneers in this, psychological and social counselling to offer.

What we do

Help for victims of sexual abuse - Partner organization LifeLine in South Africa

Empowerment for girls and women - Partner organisation Amudem in Mozambique

Red background, the sign for the sexes together in one and the word gender equality.

This part of the project work relates to the fulfilment of the sustainable development goal 5.2 of Agenda 2030 (UNO).

The content of the target:
"Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking in human beings and sexual and other forms of exploitation".

Hafid Derbal
Programme Coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Theme Officer Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
061 335 91 54 | Hafid.Derbal(a)terredeshommes.ch
Hafid DerbalProgramme Coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Theme Officer Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

061 335 91 54 | Hafid.Derbal(a)terredeshommes.ch

Is the Corona pandemic a driver of sexual violence against girls and women in South Africa? How does terre des hommes switzerland implement the cross-cutting issue of gender in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Why is our solidarity with young people in the global south particularly important right now? 

The big personal interview for International Women's Day on 8 March 2021 with Gabriela Wichser, Head of Programmes and Member of the Executive Board of terre des hommes switzerland.

Media release on Women's Day

World Women's Day: 'Trial of strength is the be-all and end-all of South African masculinity'

Media release - In its online campaign for International Women's Day 2021, terre des hommes schweiz is focusing on the work of LifeLine. The South African partner organisation supports and accompanies girls and women who have survived sexual violence. In a major media interview, Gabriela Wichser, Head of Programmes at terre des hommes schweiz, explains the connection between gender-based violence, poverty and the Corona crisis, which increases inequality between the North and the South.

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