The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development (OPAD) recognizes that gender-based violence is a grave violation of human rights and a significant barrier to achieving gender equality. We are committed to combating gender-based violence by raising awareness, providing support services for survivors, advocating for legal reforms, and promoting a culture of respect and gender equality.
- Raise Awareness: We aim to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of gender-based violence, challenging societal norms that perpetuate violence and victim-blaming. Through campaigns, workshops, and community engagement, we promote a culture of respect, consent, and gender equality.
- Support Services for Survivors: OPAD provides comprehensive support services for survivors of gender-based violence, including access to safe spaces, counseling, legal aid, and medical assistance. We work closely with local organizations and service providers to ensure survivors receive the support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.
- Advocacy for Legal Reforms: We advocate for legal reforms that strengthen the protection of survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and address the root causes of gender-based violence. This includes advocating for the implementation and enforcement of laws that criminalize violence, establish support mechanisms, and promote gender equality.
- Capacity Building: OPAD focuses on building the capacity of local communities, service providers, and law enforcement agencies to effectively respond to gender-based violence. We provide training on trauma-informed care, gender sensitivity, and the importance of a coordinated multi-sectoral response.
- Collaboration and Partnerships: We collaborate with local organizations, government agencies, and community leaders to implement coordinated responses to gender-based violence. By working together, we can leverage resources, expertise, and networks to maximize our impact.
- Survivor-Centered Approach: OPAD adopts a survivor-centered approach, ensuring that survivors’ voices and needs are at the forefront of our programs. We prioritize their safety, confidentiality, and empowerment throughout the support process.
- Prevention and Education: We conduct awareness campaigns, workshops, and educational programs to prevent gender-based violence by promoting healthy relationships, consent, and gender equality. We engage with schools, community centers, and other platforms to reach a wide audience.