Breaking the silence: from victim to survivor.
Worldwide, more than 1 in 3 women suffer physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In Spain, after having herself found the strength and courage to come out of silence after 11 years of domestic violence, Ana Bella Estévez Jiménez de los Galanes created the Ana Bella Foundation in 2006. For the past 12 years, she has been helping abused women and working to change the way society looks at them. So that these women are no longer seen only as victims but as survivors, to help them rebuild their lives and encourage more and more of them to make their voices heard.
For Ana Bella Estévez Jiménez de los Galanes, changing the way we look at women who are victims of violence, what we show about them in society and in the media is a way to help them speak out. “We have to bear witness not only to what we have endured but also to what happens afterwards. To show those who are still experiencing violence that it is possible to change their lives and find happiness. This is how we will encourage them to come out of silence. “To carry this message of hope, the Ana Bella Foundation is working with both the public authorities and the media.
For example, it advocates for journalists to shine a light not only on women who have been abused but also on abusive and violent men. To bring them to the heart of the matter, to talk about the consequences for them, the sentences they face and to which they are condemned. So that all women know that they are not untouchable and that it is the perpetrators of violence who are at the heart of the problem and not their victims.