On 16 April, the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile launched the Stop the Violence campaign across the country. Chair of the World Board, Nicola Grinstead was in Chile for a launch event, and spoke to Guides and Scouts there.
More than 100 people gathered in Santiago for the launch event, where every participant pledged to take action for a future free from violence. The programme will roll out across Chile, empowering girls and boys, young women and young men to create change in their communities.
“National statistics reveal a devastating picture: 71% of boys and girls experience some form of violence from a parent, there are at least 50 female murders a year and approximately 4000 boys and girls experience sexual abuse.” Danae Fredes Toledo, Coordinator for Stop the Violence and Voices against Violence Programme Chile, explained the reach of violence in Chile after the event.
She continued: “These are shocking and painful figures and we cannot remain silent in the face of such evidence. As the largest organisation for young people in the country, we have the opportunity to affect huge change and we must rise to the challenge.”
6 in 10 girls and women around the world will experience violence in their lifetime. Stop the Violence is a WAGGGS Campaign running in over 40 countries to tackle this problem. As a part of the campaign, trained facilitators work with young people to bust myths and empower them to challenge violence, and the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence, throughout their lives.
Nicola Grinstead said “Violence against girls and women happens to our members, our family, and our friends. Education through campaigns such as Stop the Violence is vital to end this all too common problem. It is through campaigns like this that young people can and do make the difference on the ground. I urge all who can to step up, support the campaign and take action now!”
The WAGGGS Stop the Violence campaign is the only global campaign dedicated to ending violence in all its forms against girls and young women. Danae added “We already know that our boys and girls cannot reach their fullest potential if they are living in fear, are vulnerable or if they are not given the opportunity to participate and grow. This is why the Stop the Violence campaign is key to achieving our mission both as an organization and as a Movement.”Find out more about Stop the Violence and add your voice to the campaign at stoptheviolencecampaign.com.