CASA invites you to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
By Brittany Peters
November 25 is designated as the official day for recognizing the violence that is inflicted on women throughout the world. The prevention of violence against women and children within the home and the community is central to women’s health and mental wellbeing, and since 1981 CASA has been working to focus public attention on the importance of preventing domestic violence.
In 2005 CASA initiated its Program for the Prevention of Violence in order to help those who live in violent situations by providing psychological assistance, medical attention, legal assessment, temporary refuge and a 24-hour emergency hotline that operates 365 days a year. Through this program CASA provides educational workshops and training to address domestic violence, teach young people how to become agents of change, and empower the general public to become assertive and proactive in preventing violence.
According to the news website www.planoinformativo.com, in 2013 the number of femicides in Guanajuato (63 deaths) has surpassed that of both Chihuahua (38 deaths) and the State of Mexico (56 deaths). This disturbing fact only underscores the importance of violence prevention and the need for heightened public awareness and educational programs to address domestic violence. Furthermore, these statistics indicate the hard work that has yet to be done in order to decrease the number of femicides in Guanajuato and improve the quality of life for the women who live here.
CASA´s anti-violence program will be holding different activities in and around San Miguel de Allende starting on the November 25 to raise awareness about this important problem, and includes a march on the 29th to commemorate the day. Then, on January 24, 2014, CASA will participate in the 11th annual San Miguel Walk Against Domestic Violence, which is another excellent opportunity to show your support for women´s rights and increase awareness on the issue of violence here in San Miguel. The walk coincides with the start of the centuries-old Caminata de San Juan de los Lagos, a nine-day journey made by thousands of pilgrims. Each year CASA participants walk with the pilgrims for the first few miles on Day One in order to draw attention to the issue of violence in San Miguel and raise funds for CASA’s anti-violence education and outreach programs.
For more information on CASA, its anti-violence program, or the San Miguel Walk, contact Nina Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.