BOLIVIAIn 2017 I went to Bolivia as a reporter of the Dutch aid organization 'Mensen met een missie' (People with a mission). We visited several local projects that work on the subject of domestic violence on women, which happens to about 70% of all Bolivian women.
I had the opportunity to talk with the leaders of the local organization, often victims of domestic violence themselves. I heard endless numbers of stories by women who were able to escape their homes, with the help of these organizations. One story even more terrible than the other. But now, these women were learning about their rights and learning crafts to make a living of their own, not needing the support of any men in the future.
Most hopeful to me were the projects where children and families learned about the cultural implications of masculinity and how that could be changed. And why it should be changed. Because men and women are equal. And is still a man, also when he doesn't use violence against his family.
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