El Salvador may not be at war, but it is still one of the deadliest regions in the world. During an average year in the past decade, more people per capita were killed in El Salvador than in Iraq.
Over time, the elevated levels of crime, gang violence, and instability have created a tradition of violence in El Salvador that has had an enormous negative effect on girls and young women. Not only are girls regularly at risk of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse both inside and outside the home with nowhere to go for protection, but they are growing up in an environment in which violence is increasingly accepted as the norm.
We address not only the effects of violence on girls, but also the culture of violence that is at the root of the problem. Our goal is to protect girls from violence; but moreover, we aim to equip girls with the tools to protect themselves and their peers. The Girls Promoting the Reduction of Gender-Based Violence Project has prepared 1,800 girls and 180 boys to prevent and respond to violence in their communities.
We have trained girls and boys in methods of violence prevention, and have supported and empowered them to educate their peers and communities on these issues through their own artistic methods of painting, drawing, dancing, or singing.
We have also worked with local government to create safe spaces for girl survivors of violence to heal.
With your support, we have provided multi-tiered support for Salvadoran girls from their government, communities, families, and peers, so they can grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.