Home should be a safe place.
But, in Bougainville, 2 in 3 women experience gender-based violence.
Please help women like Mary escape the violence.
Mary knows how frightening it can get.
For the last seven years, Mary was beaten regularly by her husband. As she explains, ‘if he thought I’d done something wrong, he’d punish me.’
Mary endured years of abuse, until finally, she couldn’t take it anymore.
Mary had to leave.
Thankfully Mary found refuge at one of the four safe houses run by IWDA partner organisation Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation (NCfR).
But with only four safe houses for a community of 250,000 people, NCfR is struggling to keep up with demand.
It is frightening to imagine what Mary would have done had the safe house not been able to accommodate her.
Your generosity will help more women in Bougainville have a place to go when their home is no longer safe.
The last time her husband beat her, he hurt her so badly she was afraid for her life.