In Nicaragua, ‘machismo’ culture, a concept associated with being macho or 'manly', is part of everyday life. But it’s closely linked to gang attacks, aggression and domestic violence, which are hugely detrimental to both men and women.
To mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, find out about our partner’s important and ground-breaking work to help young men in Nicaragua.
Fatima Mendoza and her children led their lives in fear as they were constantly beaten up and verbally abused by her husband.
Fatima’s children, having grown up oppressed, have a history of aggressive behaviour. Her son, Humberto, is a former gang member and drug dealer.
Incredibly, through the support of our partner, the Centre for the Prevention of Violence (CEPREV), Humberto has turned his life around.
‘Thanks to CEPREV, it’s nice to be able to share with your kids what your mum and dad didn’t share with you,’
Humberto is no longer involved in gangs and is now helping young men and women to leave violence and gangs behind them. Remarkably, he is also a single dad looking after his two children.
‘Thanks to CEPREV, it’s nice to be able to share with your kids what your mum and dad didn’t share with you,’ said Humberto.
The reality in Nicaragua
This small country is the poorest in mainland Latin America and unemployment is rife.
Faced with few opportunities, young people are vulnerable to a life of crime. Violence and inequality can be an obstacle to development and a significant cause of poverty.
Bringing about change
But CEPREV are working to prevent violence and foster a culture of peace. They are passionate about working to end gender inequality.
As one of the few organisations to focus on young men and gangs, CEPREV challenges men to see themselves differently, supporting them to break the cycle of violence.
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