Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Posted by Tessa on Monday 12th November 2018
November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Canada. This year, we want to tell you about Simugn, a young woman living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“One Tuesday, my father killed my mother in front of me. I try to forget how it happened. My father had sent my younger sister to buy milk. When she returned, he stirred something in it and gave it to us to drink. We slept heavily that night. But in the middle of the night, I woke up to sounds of shouting. My father was beating my mother with rods of metal. I was frightened and tried to scream but he threatened me. He killed her using pieces of glass right there in front of me.”
Domestic violence is one of the most widespread violations of human rights faced by women in Ethiopia. Because of lack of services and because implementation of laws is very weak, it can be hard for women to escape violent situations.
Thankfully, some women find an escape and a place to grow.
Ethiopiaid Canada’s local partner, the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD), provides shelter and support to hundreds of survivors of domestic violence each year. At AWSAD’s safe houses, survivors’ short and long-term needs are met. Food, shelter, and healthcare are free, and individual and group counselling helps women to start their recovery. Women are also empowered through education and vocational training, as well as self-defence classes. Simugn says:
“At the safe house, they gave me and my sister a clean place to sleep, meals, and counsellors to talk to us. They accompanied us to court hearings. At first, we were withdrawn and didn’t want to mingle with anyone, but the counsellors and our friendships slowly helped us to forget what happened and be positive and hopeful about the future.”
With your support, hundreds of women and girls like Simugn can find healing and hope.
Support survivors of violence today! Just $44 could provide meals for three months to a woman or girl who has survived violence and is living in a safe house in Ethiopia. Donate here today.