Say NO – UNiTE against violence

February 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm 3 comments

“I left my home with the man that is now my husband when I was 14-years-old. I thought I was going to have a better life, but it didn’t turn out that way.

I dedicated myself to maintaining our home while my husband worked. According to him, the woman’s role is to take care of the children and to do everything in the house – wash, iron, and cook. He beat me frequently and there was nothing I could do to stop him.”

Sandra in her workshop

– Sandra Ordonez, Nicaragua

These stories are all too common. Sandra Sandra soon received her first loan from Pro Mujer. According to the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), over 70% of women suffer physical or sexual violence from men during their lifetime.

To help connect women, activists and organizations, UNIFEM has launched the Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.

Create an action, or join and action, just take action! There are so many ways to say no to violence against women.

Sandra became a Pro Mujer client and microentreprenuer, processing and selling jícaro seeds. Since starting her own business and joining her communal bank at Pro Mujer, Sandra has found her voice and her power. Sandra learned about her rights and found a community to support her.

The domestic violence has ended. Sandra threatened her husband that she would tell the people at Pro Mujer if he continued beating her. She demanded to be an equal partner in the house.

Sandra says, “My life is better because my children are able to go to school to learn to read and write and they are no longer hungry all the time. I am able to do what I want with my money and I don’t have to depend on my husband.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. markaz18  |  February 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Wow. Her story is uplifting. Microfinance does more than just lend people money; it empowers them too. I remember reading someplace that women who borrow money from MFIs tend to face less domestic violence of the years. It’s sad that money is the solution to this social evil (it shouldn’t even be there) but there is some hope we, as a society, can hang on to. Btw, I’m adding you to my blogroll.

    • 2. promujerblog  |  February 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks! Yes, Sandra’s story is amazing and there are so many stories just like hers. We’ve found that women become empowered when they earn their own money. They become less financially dependent on their husbands and they value themselves more and more. The communal banking model really engenders these types of transformations, I know Sandra’s communal bank offered her support and resources.
      I checked out your site, it is such a great resource. I have added it to our blog roll as well.

      • 3. markaz18  |  February 22, 2010 at 5:43 am

        Thanks! Microfinance really is a solution for plenty of evils in our society. Like Sandra, many female micro entrepreneurs can stand up and have a say in important matters because of the external importance they receive from micro-lenders.

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