~ Telecoms operator supports NGO in encouraging local dialog on domestic violence~
PHILIPSBURG:--- Local telecoms provider Flow has partnered with the Safe Haven Foundation to encourage the local dialog on domestic violence. The Foundation provides support to abuse victims through support, guidance, and, if needed, shelter. The telecoms operator is working with the Foundation in various ways to encourage the dialog on St Maarten on the various forms of domestic abuse. “We join the rest of the world on ‘The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign that runs from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, Human Rights,” says Rauf Engels, Interim Country Manager at Flow. During the 16 days of activism, we’re encouraging our customers to show their support through a sticker that we developed with the Safe Haven Foundation. During the 16 days of activism, we’ll reward 16 customers with $100 Chippie prepaid credit. Our spotters will be on the lookout during the 16 days to award 16 customers displaying the sticker.
In addition, Flow joined Safe Haven on Sunday, December 5th for its Family Fun Fair on the Cyrus Wathey Square in Philipsburg. The partners hosted a fun day of information, fun, and games for the whole family, and Chippie prepaid credit and a Samsung Galaxy Tab were among the raffle prizes that could be win by attendees. “We were happy to see our community come out and participate.” Says Safe Haven Foundation Director, Vanessa Fraser. “By making domestic abuse a topic we can talk about, and removing the stigma, victims will feel more confident speaking out and leaving an abusive situation. They will be strengthened by the fact that we stand with them in support. We also encourage persons who want to help to visit www.safehavensxm.sx because there are many ways you can help someone out of their bad situation.” Fraser continues.
“We invite everyone to stand with us in support by showing the stickers and by being brave enough to support someone if you suspect may be suffering abuse.” Says Engels. “Flow is part of the Liberty Latin America Group and as a corporate citizen operating not only locally, but also regionally, we stand against violence in all its forms. We recently introduced a policy to protect and support our employees as well. We recognize that gender-based violence is widespread in the region we operate and pledge to do everything in our power to educate, prevent, protect, and support against gender-based violence in our companies and communities.”
“The launch of our company policy is a meaningful step in the right direction, however partnering with local organizations across the region dedicated to supporting survivors ensures that we achieve maximum impact for support, prevention measures and raising awareness in the communities we serve. There is so much to be done, but we are committed to playing a meaningful role to drive positive change. I urge you to join our pledge, educate yourself on how you can be part of the solution, and seek help if you or a loved one needs it. Be on the lookout for our teams during the 16 days of activism and find out how you can do your part at www.safehavensxm.com.” added Engels