In the context of the World day of action on violence against women, the two-day course in the north of Brazil looked at ways to build resistence among women in the north west of the country.
The event was organised by the Anglican Service for Diaconía and Desarrollo of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil and the House of Noeli Support two Saints together with the Public Ministry of the Province of Rondonia in the North of Brazil.
The multi-agency conference included police, local government officials responsible for education, health and social development, hospitals, social, psychologists and religious leaders.
Drawing from different regions across Brazil, the conference also aimed to co-ordinate operations in different parts of the country. The meeting heard from leading lawyer Priscilla Matembacher who set out the main measures to protect women’s rights.
Ester Leite Lisbon – A social worker set out a historical perspective on the steps taken by women to assert their rights.
Ilcélia Alves Soares – A psychologist spoke about the different impacts that violence has on the life of women and their families, set out measures taken by women to end the violence, and strategies used in different local government services.
The House of Noeli Support two Saints sometimes works in collaboration with the local government and the police to offer attention to different types from women violence victims.
The conference considered that one of the important next steps to combat violence against women will be to work with the perpetrators.