Case Study

Gender-based violence prevention in El Salvador

Alight is co-creating programs and services with women and young people in El Salvador to ensure the internally displaced have access to safe spaces for healing and the opportunity to learn skills that break the cycle of violence and poverty.

Alight El Salvador

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Challenge

According to a 2022 World Bank report, 21 out of every 100 Salvadoran women aged 15 and over has suffered some form of violence in their lifetime, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or abuse by family members.  

Approach

Alight is co-creating programs and services with women and young people in El Salvador to ensure the internally displaced have access to safe spaces for healing and the opportunity to learn skills that break the cycle of violence and poverty.  

Our prevention approach is centered on establishing and strengthening community-based activism for gender-based violence (GBV) prevention. The prevention strategy uses the SASA! Methodology, an evidence-based community approach toolkit developed by Raising Voices that encourages a culture of non-violence through community dialogues on promoting safer, happier and healthier relationships, families and communities. Other activities include radio programming, use of provocative communication materials, and commemoration of GBV awareness days.

For GBV survivors, our response approach is centered on compassionate survivor-centered case management. Key activities include case management, timely and appropriate referrals, distribution of dignity kits, provision of psychosocial support services through individual and group counseling, and drop-in social and recreational activities based on the interests of the women and girls using the Catholic nuns’ safe spaces.

Impact

Alight El Salvador’s GBV protection program "Adelante en Comunidad" (“Forward in Community”) raises awareness about gender violence and creates informative spaces so people can recognize the types of violence that are sometimes accepted as normal behavior in their communities. The program also provides individual psychosocial support.  

3,791 customers, mostly women and girls, took part in the GBV protection program “Adelante en Comunidad.” Beyond discovering practical tools, participants tell us they feel empowered to share their learnings with their families, friends, and neighbors, and they feel heard and seen by having their voices considered. Other participants emphasized that they now feel equipped to help other women.

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