Through her years of experience as a women's rights lawyer, Reina came to understand that in order for women to succeed and feel empowered in their lives there needs to be an integration of the following - global and domestic policy that supports women as well as an individualised focus on women's healing and self-development. We work towards educating individuals on the impact that their trauma can have in their lives as well as providing avenues for redress and healing.
At Empower Beyond Boundaries, we additionally employ our efforts towards advocating for women's rights on a global level in order to enhance policy change that supports women both globally as well as on domestic levels.
Our Advocacy Work
According to UN Women, one in three women have been subjected to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life (30 per cent of women aged 15 and older). Our work involves bringing to light the nature and depth of domestic abuse, the various forms in which it takes place, how it impacts women, better access to justice and redress and global legislative change that needs to take place to support better systems for women.
The true scale of sexual abuse on a global level is not known.
Statistics show that for the year ending March 2020 an
estimated that 3.8% of adults aged 16 to 74 years (1.6 million)
had experienced sexual assault by rape or penetration
(including attempts) since the age of 16 years 7.1% for women
and 0.5% for men). (Office for National Statistics UK).
Additionally, 1 in 6 American women as been subjected to
attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. (RAINN).
At Empower Beyond Boundaries, we recognise that sexual abuse does not only amount to rape. There are various forms in which this can take place and we strive to educate women on what constitutes sexual abuse.
We also recognise the barriers that women face to reporting abuse and through our policy based work we work to create better governing systems and spaces for women to report and share their stories so that they can receive the justice they deserve.
Child Abuse, Parental Abuse & Neglect
Globally, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children aged 2–17 years, have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect in the past year. (World Health Organisation). We work closely with members of our community that have been subjected to abuse in their childhood to help them better understand the impact that this can have in their adult lives. Through intense self development work, we empower our community to give new meaning to and rebuild their lives post childhood abuse.
Honour-based Abuse/Forced Marriage
Honour-based abuse involves abuse that is committed to
protect "family honour". This can include for reasons not
limited to; loss of virginity outside of marriage, pre-marital
relations, conflicts again tradition, behaviour or acceptable dress
codes, disagreeing to marry someone chosen by the family and
Honour-based abuse can take form of physical abuse,
emotional and psychological abuse, abandonment, sexual violence
and in the most extreme forms an honour killing.
At Empower Beyond Boundaries we recognise the cultural and religious barriers that many women may face in speaking out against honour-based violence that they may have endured or witnessed. We work with our community members to support them in sharing their stories, healing and rebuilding their lives. We also work towards advocating for women's rights in this realm through the recognition of their autonomy and volition over their own lives.
Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery
According to the 2020 UN Report on Trafficking in Persons, 50 per cent of detected persons were trafficked for sexual exploitation and 38 per cent for forced labour, while 6 per cent were subjected to forced criminal activity and more than one per cent to begging.
At Empower Beyond Boundaries, we recognise the grave impact that trafficking has on the lives of individuals that have been trafficked. We work to support and empower them in rebuilding their lives.
All women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and change their world.