With over 400 mostly female members, Co-Madres has maintained a consistent voice of nonviolent resistance in El Salvador for the last 38 years, focusing on holding the state accountable for human rights violations, protecting political prisoners, working against domestic violence, educating women about political participation, and sponsoring small economic projects for women.
In early 2014, Peacebuilding en Las Americas (PLA) partnered with Co-Madres with the goal of training all Co-Madres members as AVP Facilitators. The goal is that these workshops provide the tools to heal from traumas while simultaneously empowering women to be leaders in their communities.
To date, two Basic and two Advanced workshops were held in the rural town of Santa Marta and in San Salvador. This workshop was the first Facilitator workshop, bringing this goal closer to fruition.
“These women want to be leaders in their communities,” said Fazilee Buechel, a PLA volunteer who co-facilitated the workshop. “While they have faced a lot of pain, they also have so much courage, eagerness and passion to lead workshops and bring this work to others.”