“I´ve learnt to get to know women´s right, and to have a higher self-esteem,” Jasmin Clavijo says confidently. She is from Soacha, in the Cundinamarca department.
The young girl laughs with her friends when the group tries to pass a small ball from one place to the other, using only plastic tubes. They are learning to work in a group.
Jasmin is one of the 1,300 women that participate in workshops for victims of violence, part of a project called “Golondrina” or “Swallow”, supported by a World Bank donation.
Create their own life project
This project targets women between 15 and 25 years old, in some municipalities of Antioquia, Cauca, Nariño, Cundinamarca and Atlántico, regions considered as having high level of violence against them.
Rocio Castro, one of the instructors in the project, explains that the objective of these workshops is to support the women so that they know and exercise their rights, to empower them, and also to teach them how to create small companies that allows them to make a living.
Violence against women comes in many forms and places. It can be at home, at school or at work. In Colombia, the situation of armed conflict complicates the security of the women and girls in the affected areas, as well as the opportunity of having their own life project.
Moreover, being a woman can mean more poverty and social marginalization. In general, there are more poor Colombian families with a female head of household (36.4%) than with a male one (33.1%), according to numbers of DANE, the National Administrative Department of Statistics.