PeaceWoman of the Month
Montserrat Sampere Martín grew up in San Fermín, a suburb of Madrid. At a young age, she observed the social problems of its residents and was especially shocked by the way many men treated their wives. Her grandmother Rafaela, who also lived in an abusive relationship, was a very important person for her. She inspired Montserrat to take active steps to improve the lives of women in San Fermín: "Justice begins locally, in the actual environment where you live. If all people creating local environments came out of safe environments, the world would be a more human place.” For many years Montserrat was involved in the San Fermín Project Association and developed its first gender program. The project is aimed at women in the neighborhood, offering them a wide range of services like employment and legal assistance, seminars on domestic violence and training courses on new technologies.
After ten years Montserrat felt it was time for a change: she decided to focus on the work with migrant women who suffer from domestic violence. As an intercultural mediator, she offers therapies so that the women can slowly rebuild their usually lowered self-confidence, and thus begin to take their lives in their own hands again. They shall not be victims of domestic violence, but survivors!