By Iris Amador/Diálogo March 16, 2017 The first Woman’s City center, a Honduran government project to provide social services to women, will begin operations on March 28th. The Honduran Military finished construction and handed over the facilities in early January. Honduran women will receive multiple services at these centers, including training, health care, and legal advice. The service center, located in the Kennedy neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, is the first of five centers whose design and construction are the Military’s responsibility. This innovative model for serving the country’s female population envisions promoting the welfare of women and their families through access to health care, the economy, safety, civil rights, and personal and financial growth opportunities. The centers also will offer services to the children who visit with their mothers. “Woman’s City is a venue for women’s opportunities, where 15 organizations are housed under the same roof to coordinate and collaborate in providing quality services for the comprehensive development of Honduran women,” Attorney Rosa de Lourdes Paz told Diálogo. She is the presidential delegate in charge of the Woman’s City program. The project calls for opening two more centers in 2017; one in Choloma, in Cortés department, and the other in Juticalpa, in Olancho department. For 2018, the plan is to start operations at another two centers; one in San Pedro Sula and another in La Ceiba, on the north coast. Women’s cities “The Armed Forces support this program with design, development, budgeting, and supervision of all of the construction through the engineering department at the Logistics Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Honduras,” Colonel Jorge Alfredo Cerrato, spokesman for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “We finished building the first center in seven months and are expecting to finish the four remaining centers on deadline,” Col. Cerrato confirmed. “Everything is ready for us in Choloma. The Military is supervising the construction through the end.” Each Woman’s City is, in effect, like a small city. Every complex contains at least seven buildings, each of which is outfitted to cater to different needs. The buildings are surrounded by gardens, green spaces, and open-air walkways. Nearly $4 million were invested in the first center. The cost of building the rest of the centers will run close to $20 million. Like other women around the world “Even though we represent 52 percent of the Honduran population, women are subjected to many types of discrimination. Women receive lower salaries for the same work, are vulnerable to various kinds of abuse, and don’t have access to financial credit. Many women lose their lives to illnesses tied to their gender that aren’t treated in time,” Paz stated. “We believe that this project will have a positive impact on the lives of many women. We believe that it will have the effect of reducing violence within the family unit and that through the help that the women receive, emigration and school dropout will also be avoided,” Col. Cerrato added, expressing his satisfaction with the Military’s collaboration on this initiative. “This is an initiative to facilitate every woman’s access to her rights. It’s the state stepping up to provide a platform for women to get services in a single place, not at different locations, which is what makes it more difficult to access services,” Paz said. “The only entry requirement is being a woman.” Service modules Woman’s City will provide services through six service modules. The first is to help women achieve financial self-sufficiency. Women are the main engine of the informal economy, but they cannot avail themselves of loans. Through Woman’s City, they will have access to what the government calls “solidarity credits,” so that they can finance their own small businesses. There is also a module focused on treatment and prevention of domestic violence that provides women with access to legal aid and emergency assistance. The third module is focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health. According to Dr. Jorge Cerrato, a gynecologist at the Military Hospital in Tegucigalpa, cervical cancer is the leading cause of death for Honduran woman, closely followed by breast cancer. In addition, Honduras is the second leading country in Latin America in numbers of teenage pregnancies, he said. Thus, Woman’s City seeks to nurture safe and healthy sexual practices among women, and to reduce the rates of disease through education aimed at prevention and early detection. The center also provides preconception, prenatal, and postnatal care for women. A fourth module is focused on community education through educational strategies and community involvement in order to stamp out cultural norms that allow gender inequality. The instruction will be varied, and talks, workshops, and seminars will be held on issues ranging from decision-making to sex education. As for the remaining modules, one is focused on serving young children, and the final one, on serving adolescents. Through Woman’s City, the government aims to reduce the percentage of women aged 15 and older without employment income, lower the maternal death rate, and reduce the infant mortality rate for children under five. The initial projections are to serve 8,000 new beneficiaries per year. “It is my conviction that when a woman takes the initiative to rise up and move forward, she will never fall back again,” Paz concluded.
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0Shares0000Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric kisses the trophy after receiving the 2018 Ballon d’Or © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMODRICI, Croatia, Dec 4 – Luka Modric’s journey from Croatian war child to the world’s best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d’Or.A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy. “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy, proud and honoured,” said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric’s early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood.Hidden in the folds of Velebit mountain, with the nearest neighbours several kilometres away, trees now grow inside the roofless ruin and a sign warns of “Mines – Keep out!”The burned-out shell of a stone cottage where Croatia’s World Cup captain Luka Modric spent part of his childhood © AFP/FileThe player’s grandfather, also named Luka, lived in the house, lying on a mountain road winding through the Modrici hamlet.His grandfather was killed by Serb forces, the house was burned and the family fled to the coastal town of Zadar, some 40 kilometres (19 miles) away.It was there that Modric, born in 1985, began his footballing odyssey, drawing attention for the first time to his budding abilities.“I heard about a little hyperactive boy constantly playing with a football in the corridor of a refugee hotel, even going to sleep with it,” said Josip Bajlo, who was then coach at the First Division club NK Zadar.– Training under fire –As soon as Bajlo saw Modric play he signed him up for the club’s football school, where he immediately stood out.“He was an idol to his generation, a leader, a favourite,” Bajlo told AFP earlier this year.The 1991-1995 war with Serb rebels, during which Zadar and the surrounding region were heavily shelled, toughened Modric, according to those close to him.People’s square in Zadar, where Luka Modric started his career as a professional footballer with NK Zadar © AFP/File“It happened a million times that we were going to training as the shells were falling, and we were running to shelters,” said childhood friend Marijan Buljat, who trained and played with Modric while growing up.Modric left Zadar, where he remains a legend, for Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 and then joined English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. After a bidding war he was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2012.But his popularity in Croatia and his image as a modest family man was tarnished by his testimony last year during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.Modric’s testimony supported Mamic’s case against allegations of corruption, angering many fans who saw the trial as a chance to clean up the corruption-ridden sport.Prosecutors eventually charged Modric in March for giving false evidence, but dropped the case on Monday due to a lack evidence.Any lingering anger against Modric had evaporated long ago, however, after he brilliantly inspired Croatia to their first World Cup final last summer.Despite the 4-2 defeat by France, more than 500,000 people gave captain Modric and his team a heroic welcome on their return to Zagreb.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)