"Project No!" aims to contribute to an improved system for the protection and prevention of domestic and gender-based violence
To try to stop domestic violence in the parish of Benfica, the Junta de Freguesia of Benfica presented Project NO!, within the scope of the EEA Grants' Work-life Balance Programme.
For this project, the promoter established a partnership with five entities: four national and one international. The national partners are the PSP - 3rd Police Division of Lisbon - Benfica Police Station, the Benfica School Group, the Quinta de Marrocos School Group and the Dignidade Association. The Likestillingssenteret Association (Norway) is the international partner. In the next two years, the Norwegian project partner will train the Project NO! staff, so that they can act in the field, as well as sharing good practices.
There are priority groups in the training for the prevention of domestic violence: teachers and early childhood educators, assistants in educational activities, PSP (police officers) and children and young people in a context of social vulnerability.
The mayor Carla Rothes stresses that in the area of the Junta de Freguesia there are 11,000 students, from the nursery school up to the School of Social Communication. Everyone must be made aware of the risks and the need to report them, if necessary. Namely, in relation to dating violence.
Ana Galamba, project coordinator, in turn, hopes that future journalists are also sensitive to this issue and that they become aware of the role they can play in preventing this situation, namely through their work. In addition to training, specific work will also be carried out with the vast majority of victims who are women. But there are more and more men in this situation. Therefore, Project NO! involves the “empowerment of women and men, from a gender equality perspective”, says the project coordinator.
Source: Rádio Renascença