Leon march in commemoration of the March 8 International Women's Day, which was attended by women and children of the communities of Goyena and Troilo. The sign says, “The violence against women is a disaster that men can eradicate.”

Photo: Leon march in commemoration of the March 8 International Women’s Day, which was attended by women and children of the communities of Goyena and Troilo. The sign says, “The violence against women is a disaster that men can eradicate.”

In 2012 the New Haven Leon SCP started the violence prevention program against women, empowering 30 women to work for their human rights. In 2015, at the request of the women from nearby Troilo, we started the same program in their community. The women of these rural areas are determined to change the course of their lives, to live free from any form of violence. They have decided to be part of the change and to break this cycle of violence, and bring everything they learn to their homes, to their spouses, to their daughters, to their children, to the streets, to the state, and to the government. They will not stop asking for their human rights.

The program has not only managed to reduce violence in the lives of these women, but also it has strengthened leadership attitudes. Now Nuvia Quiros and Martha Osejo are example of trained promoters of women’s rights in Goyena and Troilo. “The struggle to defend our rights is today more alive than ever”, a woman from Troilo said. Also, they recognize that change is a slow but sure process, and that maybe they will not see much change …. but they want their daughters and granddaughters to live in less machista and more egalitarian society.