Collective girl power in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo
November 25 is the worldwide celebration of the Day to Eradicate Violence Against Women, honoring the struggle of girls and women throughout the world and the work done by all those who fight to improve a woman’s right to live free of violence, abuse and discrimination.
One of the most pro-active organizations on this is CASA A.C, working through its anti-violence programs. To commemorate this important date, a whole week of women-empowering activities was organized (November 25 through 29), which included a photography contest and exhibition showcasing the topic, murals and information tables created by the community, support groups and counseling, a basketball and soccer tournament at Parque Juárez and a collective self-defence class for women and girls. The class was taught by Victor Manuel Hernández Mora and Alejandro Mendoza, instructors from the Academy Muay Thai in León and held at the Plaza Civica, before the eyes of supporting husbands, boyfriends, friends and family, the curious and some photographic lenses (Atención’s among them). The day concluded with a walk against violence through the streets of town. This was the second year that the Violence Prevention Program at CASA offered a self-defence class.
CASA’s multiple peer teams have integrated violence prevention, rights awareness, and referral services into their outreach programs. In 2007, the CASA psychologists began an outreach program to work with nine rural church groups who, once trained, will work with other communities. CASA also creates and runs numerous annual educational events dedicated to women’s rights and the eradication of domestic violence. For more information or to get involved, contact Dulce Ortiz at CASA, 154-6060 or for English, contact Trish Snyder at 121-0612.