This issue of Quality/Calidad/Qualité describes the evolution of Profamilia through its work on gender-based violence in the Domincan Republic.Their project was conceived along two simultaneous paths: providing support services directly to women and girls who had experienced violence and initiating advocacy in the wider policy arena. Profamilia joined the commission that ultimately designed and promoted a law to increase protection against violence, especially domestic violence against women and children. Although the clinics now run a dynamic service program, the agency has also sustained its advocacy activities. Most of Profamilia’s advocacy work is undertaken in partnership with other NGOs or with government agencies and has converted the organization from a family planning organization to a sexual and reproductive health organization that truly serves women.
Garcia-Moreno, Claudia and Rachel E. Goldberg. 2006. "Living up to their name: Profamilia takes on gender-based violence," Quality/Calidad/Qualité no. 18. New York: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls' Programming: Community of Practice
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