24-year-old Nyawal is learning crocheting and beading and has recently enrolled in numeracy and literacy classes, where, she
"I have finally found a normal and desirable life. I am now able to save a bit of money so that I can provide a better life
I came here because I wanted to help people and while the challenges remain considerable, I am willing to keep fighting. For every person we help - for every life we save - I am reminded of what we can do. I want to tell their stories in the hope that others will come forward, knowing that we can help them.
GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.
Unfortunately, as humans, if we have a notion that a crime can be gotten away with, then the incidence of that crime will be reflected in that belief; a virtue all too common place in sexual violence.