In 2016, with the support from KERING FOUNDATION, HER Fund initiated a three-year programme “Empowering Marginalised Women Combating Domestic Violence” (2016-2019) to address the issue of intimate partner violence faced by marginalised women and young girls who have greater difficulty and have limited access to resources in combating violence.
HER Fund believes that voices of marginalised women must be heard and their capacity be strengthened in order for rights to be enshrined. The programme supported three women’s organisations to implement projects on rights-awareness raising among the community, increasing their ability in combating violence, and engaging support from other stakeholders and the public.
Elimination of violence against women and girls (EVAWG) requires collective and continuous efforts. In sustaining our past three years’ progress with EVAWG and forward looking to a violence free society, HER Fund and KERING have committed to support another three-year programme grant with “Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls”.
To tackle violence against women and girls, it is essential to engage young men and boys, which help shifting norms, attitudes and behaviours, including traditional definitions of masculinity, that constitute violence. Moreover, considering the growing phenomenon of cyber sexual violence against women and girls in the digital age, the programme will focus on combating cyber sexual violence.
This programme grants three organisations to implement their projects on prevention of violence against girls and women and provides capacity building to facilitate their project implementation aiming to increase their organisational capacity for sustainable development.
Brief Summary of the THREE Granted Projects on “Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls”
Project 1: Image-based Sexual Violence: Prevention and Awareness Building
by Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW)
Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW) conducted research on the experience of victims of Image-based Sexual Violence (IBSV) in 2019. Results indicated that less than 10% of the victims sought help from social service organisations and more than half of the victims felt “shamed” and “humiliated”. Due to the wide and substantialincrease use of social media and the internet, the number of cases of Image-based Sexual Violence are increasing.
Through creating a contextualized discourse of Image-based Sexual Violence, it helps the public to increase their understanding of the situation and promotes awareness that may face similar situations. ACSVAW will establish an “IBSV Concern Group” that consists members of young people to educate the younger generation to prevent the violence towards women and girls. This project will also provide training for professionals such as social workers and teachers so that they have the sensitivity, knowledge and skills to handle cases on image-based sexual violence.
Project 2: Supporting Sexual Minority Women Combating Intimate Partner Violence 2.0
by Les Corner Empowerment Association (Les Corner)
As a second phrase to the project “Supporting Sexual Minority Women Combating Intimate Partner Violence” (2016-2019), succeeded their projected aims and impact made on addressing the issue faced by sexual minority women, Les Corner will extend their support and work on tackling the issue of cyber violence in this project phrase as seeing the growing phenomenon and needs from their community.
Public education and awareness-raising among the community through online and offline means are all essential to identify potential cases and to provide immediate and timely services to minimize harm to the victims of intimate partner violence and cyber violence. Les Corner will continue their work on providing training to their volunteers and professionals who work on these issues. Leveraging their frontline work on case assistance and documentation, Les Corner will arrange meetings with social service providers and government departments that handle cases of intimate partner violence and cyber sexual violence to reflect and share the community’s situation and discuss how to establish a community-friendly and gender-sensitive assistance procedures and environment.
Project 3: “No Means No”-- Female Participation in Microfilming Project
Founded in 2016 by a group Post-90s youth, OpenRoom is a sex education online platform. They strive to create an “opened” multimedia space for diverse, unconventional and youth-focus discussion on sex education. They have been cooperating with NGOs and teachers on sex education over the years. OpenRoom observes that cyber sexual violence is more prevalent among the younger generation and there’s a pressing need for appropriate sex/ sexual education.
Riding on their online platform, OpenRoom will reach out to young women facing different levels of cyber sexual violence and endeavours to launch a victims mutual support group, and through therapies and counselling, walking the victims through the process of trauma remedies. A youth support network will be formed to organise and facilitate anti sexual violence educational workshops at College level and to produce a series of shorts films based on real-life stories of victims of cyber sexual violence as a preventative measure and to build community awareness around the issues.. This project also aims to engage young men and boys to join the league of eliminating violence against women and girls.