Peru, Education

Resolving social conflicts, overcoming violence against women

Number: 476.1005

ISAIAS views itself as a movement and network of critical and open-minded Christians in the southern High Andes, around the cities of Puno and Cusco. The abbreviation stands for 'Istituto Surandino de Investigación y Acción Solidaria' ('Southern Andean Institute for Research and Action in Solidarity'). Key areas of work include education, peace, human rights and democratisation. Mission 21 supports ISAIAS with its educational activities. These involve basic and continuing training for managers and leaders, and also for women: the aim is to make the participants ready for active involvement in civic affairs and for a social commitment to combat violence against women.

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Leadership Training: Selected Leaders attend a for-year-course about leadership and conflict management. The training includes theory, practice and supervision.

Advocacy to overcome genderbased violence: Courses convey knowledge about the prevention of violence and deescalation and about the accompaniment of persons who are affected of violence. The participants commit themselves  to replicate the most important contents in their communities of origin or organisations. They are coached by the project managers. Every year, family meetings are held in order to familiarise husbands and children with the contents conveyed in the workshops. Networking is also strongly encouraged: ISAIAS works closely with political communities and civil society.