We believe there is strength in community.
She Matters is a global community of survivors united in healing, advocacy to end sexual violence, and the fight for justice. Through legal education, facilitation and development of Survivor-Led Sensitivity Trainings, and empowerment projects, we hope to create a world where the rights of survivors are protected and respected.
We're Stronger Together.
She Matters began as a response to a lack of legal education, discussion about GBV, and accessibility to resources on a global scale for survivors of sexual violence. Through the use of technology, we are able to provide resources to survivors from all backgrounds using an empowerment / community approach to healing. Women from around the world can access free resources and empowerment projects. Created by survivors, supporting fellow survivors.
Your past is not your weakness, it becomes your strength.
— Jacqueline Villeneuve, FOUNDER
Villeneuve served in the orphan care community in Kenya since 2010. As an advocate for orphaned children, mother, and proud aunty to 25, she saw firsthand that vulnerable children were often targeted for acts of sexual violence and child exploitation. When she met a 16 year old survivor of sexual assault in 2016, she felt she needed to do more to take action. As a survivor herself, Jacqueline understood the pain survivors go through during their healing process, and the lack of understanding for young survivors in relation to reporting / seeking justice through the legal system.
In September 2017 she founded She Matters in an effort to empower fellow survivors throughout their healing journey and on their search for justice.
1 in 3 women will be affected by sexual violence globally.
We believe all women deserve access to resources throughout their healing journey. Through the use of technology, She Matters cultivates a global community of survivors united in healing, advocacy to end GBV, and the fight for justice. To achieve our overall goal of creating a world where the rights of survivors are protected and respected, we created and facilitate Survivor-Led Sensitivity Trainings with medical and legal professionals, provide women and girls with legal literacy, create creative projects to share our stories, and host events to engage and empower survivors.
She Matters is a youth-led organization. We believe in the power of story telling. An educated woman is unstoppable. Our focus on legal literacy educates survivors on their rights, and important first steps should they choose to seek justice through the legal system.
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