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philosophy of shelter


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Discussion on how Women Shelters are
saving Lives, creating opportunities & promoting Peace through transformation of Lives, Families & Communities

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philosophy of shelter

  1. 1. Philosophy of Shelter Homes for Women Bandana Rana, Chair, Global Network of Women Shelters Chair, Saathi, Nepal.
  2. 2. Voices of Survivors of Violence Who Sought Help of Shelters
  3. 3. Some Facts- Globally and Regionally • Overall, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. • Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. In some regions, 38% of women have experienced intimate partner violence • Globally, as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners; • Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence
  4. 4. • Across Asia, studies in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea show that 30 to 40 percent of women suffer workplace sexual harassment • Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub- Saharan Africa (14.1million). Fast facts: statistics on violence against women and girls, UN Women
  5. 5. Scenario in Nepal • 22 percent of women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence at least once since age 15 (NDHS, 2011) • 77 percent of the episodes of violence against women are reported as being from within the family • According to study conducted by Saathi in 2010 revealed that 81 percent of women face domestic violence • 35 percent women reported, they were forced to have non consensual sexual activities • 38 percent women were restricted to participate in social activities
  6. 6. Situation of Most Victims When Faced by Violence • • • • • • • • • • Helplessness Neglected Low Self Esteem No Supporting System Subservient Identity and dignity at Stake Stigmatization Lack of Education and Knowledge Lack of Access to Immediate Redress and Justice Lack of Financial Resources
  7. 7. The Immediate Needs of Abused Women • Family and friends whom she can open her wounds with trust and confidence • Safety and Security to be free of fear • Courage to Confront the abuse • Immediate Medical treatment • Knowledge about support and legal mechanisms to get justice • Financial Resources
  8. 8. Mandate of Women Shelters • To Fulfill the absence of alternative housing • To Realize Victim’s Safety and Security • To Create Feelings of Love and affection • To Rebuild Lives of Survivors • To Confiscate the Feeling of Victim • To Recover the Physical & Mental State
  9. 9. Continued... • To provide a safe and supportive space for women and children • Confidentiality and Trust • Respect and honor the rights of women and children • Assist women to explore their options and respect their choices • Ensures accessibility of all services • Recognizes and respect differences and diversity between and amongst women
  10. 10. Survivors Come to Shelter Through1. Police 2. Government Entities (Women’s Commission, Human Rights Commission, Women Ministry) 3. Hospitals 4. Other Organizations 5. Self 6. Word of mouth
  11. 11. Basic Services • Determine the priority of Survivors (Legal& Medical): The shelter staffs needs to determine the immediate needs of each survivors such as providing medical in case of injury, assisting to file case in police, provide assistance to secure evidence in sexual violence cases specially in rape case. • Case Management: Details of the case will be recorded individually. Confidentiality is a key concern so each case needs to be coded properly.
  12. 12. • Counseling: To regain the confidence and start a new life survivor needs to be counseled frequently or whenever required. •Formal/Non Formal Education: Find out appropriate way to continue survivor’s education where possible. If a survivor is illiterate she should be equipped with non-formal education if possible •Extra Curricular Activities: To forget their past and start a new life, maintain mental balance and recreation extra-curricular activities needs to be conducted frequently.
  13. 13. • Skill/Vocational Trainings: To make a survivor independent shelter homes organize skill/vocational trainings as per need of survivors. This ensures the possibility of job placement for the survivors after the training by training institutes. • Referrals: In case if the shelter is unable to provide any special or specialized service in best interest of survivor, survivors should be referred to other concerned organizations/authorities for required services.
  14. 14. •Reintegration: Assess the family/community for the survivor’s re-integration. Reintegrate survivors to their family or a new community. Provide seed money to help the survivors in their new venture.
  15. 15. Impact and Influence of Shelter Homes Beyond Services • Strengthens advocacy and awareness through Evidence and Actual Cases • Sets Precedence for Litigation on Various Forms of Violence (e.g. Domestic Violence, Migrant women Workers Rights in Nepal) • Helps in Engaging Wider Stakeholders such as; Media, Police, Government, Lawyers, Medical Practitioners
  16. 16. • Provides information and education about violence against women to community members and other service providers • Work towards achieving equity for women locally, nationally, and globally
  17. 17. Women Shelters Saving Lives, Creating Opportunities & Promoting Peace through Transformation of Lives, Families & Communities.
  18. 18. Thank You !