PP Sombrilla Innovative Solution_Sep 9 2021_Rev voice 1

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[Audio] Hi, my name is Ana Maria Velasquez. I am the project coordinator for the FIT Project of Sombrilla International Development Society. Sombrilla is an NGO, based in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked in development for over 30 years. Sombrilla partners with communities in Latin America to empower them to assert their democratic, economic, cultural, and social rights.

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Equal Access to Justice for Women in Honduras

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[Audio] The long-term goal of our innovation is to empower women and girls in their ability to protect their rights, in particular their right to a live free of gender-based violence ( GBV). To test our innovation, we are working with our long-time partner organization in Honduras, Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras ( OCDIH), the Christian Organization for Integral Development in Honduras.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:30:04 PM

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[Audio] Our innovation will be tested in two municipalities, Lepaera and Las Flores, both located in the Department Lempira in western Honduras. The municipalities were chosen based on the lack of access to legal services and the high number of cases of violence against women, the majority of them unreported.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:38:12 PM

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[Audio] Gender-based violence ( GBV), and especially violence against women, is a great problem in Honduras. Psychological, sexual, and physical violence are of particular concern in rural areas. In the first half of 2020, more than 40,000 cases of violence against women occurred in Honduras. Most of these cases will never be brought to court. Honduras also has the highest rate of femicides in Latin America. These crimes often remain unsolved or uninvestigated. The degree of impunity for femicides reaches 95[break]%

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Three root causes of violence against women and how to tackle them | Development Matters

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:41:55 PM

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[Audio] In the rural communities where the innovation will be tested, women are particularly vulnerable to GBV due to a combination of the following challenges:  Lack of knowledge and awareness of women on human rights, and laws on GBV resulting in low reporting rates of crimes against women  Lack of mechanisms to address women's complaints and ensure effective processing in the judicial system leading to limited numbers of perpetrators being convicted  Limited knowledge and awareness of men on GBV-related issues, the detrimental effects on women, families and societies and their role in addressing them  Limited capabilities and resources of women's organizations in the rural areas to support women when seeking to resolve GBV related cases in court  Fear of reporting due to lack of protection from continued exposure to violence after reporting a crime, particularly when women share the home with their aggressors

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:50:06 PM

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[Audio] Our innovative solution is seeking to provide legal and psychological services to women who are victims of GBV, through mobile clinics that will offer legal services in the rural areas and enable women to seek justice. In combination with an education and awareness campaign and strengthened capacity of women's networks, our innovative solution will improve the access to services in a safe, culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive manner.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:51:24 PM

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[Audio] We will test this innovation in three stages 1. Raising awareness and building knowledge community-wide, to guarantee that women, men, boys and girls acquire new knowledge on GBV and will ensure greater acceptance and support of legal clinics among the general population, in particular men. The awareness campaign will target both women and men, explaining different forms of violence, respect for women's rights, GBV, mechanisms for reporting violence against women, and access to the mobile legal clinics.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 4:53:22 PM

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[Audio] 2. Providing access to legal and social services through "Mobile Legal Clinics" " Mobile Legal Clinics" will bring law and psychology students, and two legal and psychology experts to women who do not have the ability to travel long distances to seek assistance. The clinics will provide free assistance to women who are suffering GBV and who are either afraid to report through other channels or do not have the means to do so.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 5:08:08 PM

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[Audio] Finally, we will facilitate the establishment of self-help groups. To support women before and throughout the process of reporting GBV, 10 self-help groups led by members of the regional women's network will be established in the communities. Additional services to ensure the safety of women who have attended the legal clinic and might pursue legal remedies, are provided through a collaboration with a women's shelter in Santa Rosa, Copan.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 5:01:11 PM

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[Audio] With our innovation, we would like to empower women facing GBV with the knowledge and tools to advocate against violence, provide an opportunity to report the crimes committed against them and seek justice.

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Audio Recording Sep 10, 2021 at 5:02:52 PM