"We all have a right to be happy, surrounded by love and without violence"

As we launch a Crowdfunder campaign to help end violence against women and girls in Costa Rica, Karla Álvarez Díaz talks about what the project means to her.

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Karla Álvarez Díaz is 25 years old and is a member of Group 190 in Grecia Alajuela, Costa Rica.

I have been a Guide in Costa Rica for three years, and the truth is that it’s been a journey I’ll never regret and I want to make more and more friends in the Guides and Girl Scouts. 

The Stop the Violence programme interests me because we live in a country where young people, children and women experience many types of violence on a day-to-day basis. All they know is a life of repeated violence. They have no control over anything and they don’t know that there is a life outside violence – that we all have a right to be happy, surrounded by love without violence and to be treated with respect.

In my country, there is a long history of gender-based violence against women. Through the Voices against Violence training, I would like Guides and Scouts to spread the word in our communities that women are strong and able to take care of themselves, and should definitely be treated as equal to men.

I would also love to be able to show people that absolutely everybody, regardless of beliefs or sexual orientation etc. should be treated with the same level of respect. I know that the people who will benefit most from the Stop the Violence project will be those who are currently living with violence and cannot ask for help – either for fear or simply because they don’t know how. These are the people that I want to help. In my role as a facilitator, I would like to guide people and show them that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

On completing my Voices against Violence training, I would like to be able to show women living with violence how to get out, and the men who have been violent how to stop. I want to make positive changes in my community, but to do that I need to learn more about violence, the influence that it has, and the influence we as society have in making it stop. For me, it would be an honour to be part of this project. 


Help Stop the Violence against women and girls in Costa Rica

We are working with the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica to raise £15,000 to help Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Costa Rica kick-start a national campaign to end violence against women and girls.

£15,000 will allow them to hold three training events, which will be attended by a total of 144 Leaders from across the country, and with your support we can make this happen!

A group of generous donors in the USA have also promised to add 40% to all donations given to this campaign, so your pledge, large or small, will go even further.


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