Safe Homes Campaign
On September 28th, 2013, in Amman, the community of “Safe Homes Campaign” and Ruwwad celebrated the peak of the initiative. Following 18 months of weekly meetings, the campaign’s community achieved success and enabled Jabal Al Natheef families to halt physical abuse against children in 165 families and homes. These free from physical abuse homes bring positive impact on 390 children under the age of 18 and touch the lives of 925 family members. The “Safe Homes Campaign” educated 600 families on best practices in parenting, and formed 29 leadership teams with 170 community organizers who volunteered for 1009 working hours and successfully intervened in 583 cases of neighborhood violence. The Dutch embassy in Jordan supported the training and educational material produced for the Safe Homes Campaign since it dealt with Child rights as an area of intervention.
In Safe Homes, Knowledge emerged as power and campaign members gained recognition as informal teachers of safety and protection practices. In collaboration with Ruwwad, the campaign’s community offered a “Legitimate Membership” process with clear practices, norms strategy and collective action. Strategic partnerships were forged with the Justice Center for Legal Aid and the Police Family Protection Unit. “A new Identity” for a new class of citizens surfaced as educators, protectors of children and guardians of family safety.
On the day of the celebration of the “Safe Homes Campaign” Peak on September 28t, 2013 Um Rakan, a mother, coach and active member of the campaign core team, stood in front of more than 500 people declaring: “Now that we know and that we’re able to stop abuse ourselves, no one and no power can prevent us from fighting against child abuse in schools, neighborhoods and homes, No one can ever silence us.”