Prevention campaign for victims of domestic violence

“I need help… I can't answer the phone or talk” is one of the real messages received by the National Support Network for Victims of Domestic Violence during Covid-19, which is part of the Secretariat of State for Citizenship and Equality's campaign to Prevent and Oppose Domestic Violence, with the support of Missão Continente. The multi-media campaign starts today and runs throughout December.

Mobilizing society for collective accountability in preventing and opposing all forms of violence against women is the main goal of this national campaign that kicks off precisely on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Missão Continente decided to respond to the appeal from the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro, and to continue to meet the needs of the national network of reception facilities for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, making essential goods, indispensable to the victims’ daily lives, available for free - as it has been doing since the arrival of the coronavirus in Portugal - and also contributing to the dissemination of the message.

For Catarina Oliveira Fernandes, Area Leader of Learning, Development and Inclusion at Sonae MC, “Gender Equality is one of the axes of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. The promotion of Equality requires a systemic approach, with social protection being one of the 4 areas of action. Networking is essential, so we want to continue to collaborate with the Secretariat of State for Citizenship and Equality in this fight against domestic violence, both in terms of prevention and in supporting women in vulnerable situations. At Sonae MC we are sensitive to this theme, which is why, namely through Missão Continente, we will continue to follow this path, with our partners, in order to eradicate social issues such as domestic and gender violence”.

Missão Continente is one of the entities that collaborates permanently with the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro, and with the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality in mobilizing emergency responses and supporting the work of the structures of the National Support Network for Victims of Domestic Violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In supporting the cause of gender equality, Missão Continente has also collaborated with other entities, such as the ‘Associação Mulheres Sem Fronteiras’ and ‘UMAR - União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta Lisboa’, through the donation of goods, and is a partner of ‘Associação Corações com Coroa’, an NGDO chaired by Catarina Furtado (Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund), whose mission is to oppose violence and ensure respect for the fundamental rights of all people, in particular through projects dedicated to girls and women.

Victims of domestic violence, or people who know situations of violence, can request support through the phone line 800 202 148, through the email violê or by sending an SMS to 3060, simplifying the call for help.

In addition to requests that arrive because of the exceptional situation the country is experiencing, Missão Continente maintains the usual daily donations from its stores to more than 1000 institutions of social solidarity and animal support, from north to south of the continental territory and islands, contributing to minimize the needs of each institution.

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