478 women were followed by the Domestic Violence Services of Aġenzija Appoġġ between January and June of last year. On the 8th March, the day that marks the International Women's Day, Aġenzija Appoġġ would like to show solidarity towards women victims of domestic violence and emphasise the importance of zero tolerance to violence against women and female adolescents.
Aġenzija Appoġġ, within the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, offers a variety of services to women from all walks of life, all of whom experienced some sort of social difficulty, with the aim of empowering them to continue to enhance their social situation and protect them from gender-based violence. Aġenzija Appoġġ also provides other services to children witnessing violence which include children and young persons living within the community as well as those living in out-of-home care.
Through the delivery of these specialised services, Aġenzija Appoġġ strives to support all children and young persons to challenge particular discourse that promotes gender–based violence and gender inequality. It focuses its efforts to empower female children and young persons to actively participate in society and the male children to understand and appreciate the benefits of the active involvement of their female counterparts within society. The work within the services of the children and young persons also aims at challenging stereotypes related to gender and it encourages this young generation who will be tomorrow’s adults, to engage in diverse roles where family life and careers are concerned. The focus on children and young persons is considered as preventive work. Yet again those women who are impacted by gender inequality continue to be supported for their own well-being and also for that of their children.
Aġenzija Appoġġ’s Community Services and other specialised services work with women and children coming from different countries. They provide specialised services that support the integration of these women and children within the Maltese community with the aim of ensuring that all women and their children remain protected from any form of gender-based violence and discrimination. Aġenzija Appoġġ remains committed to contribute towards a society that is inclusive and free from any form of gender-based violence or any other form of violence against all children and adults.