PPO Abogados, through its Pro Bono Program, provides free legal services to individuals in need and, now, signs this alliance with Pro Mujer to strengthen the reach of the Mujer Segura program that, to date, has provided assistance to more than 12,000 women through its two assistance modalities.
In 2020, Pro Mujer (Pro Woman) launched the voluntary and free program, Mujer Segura (Safe Woman), which objective is the orientation, support, and psychological and legal counseling for women in situations of violence in two modalities: a free hotline and face-to-face attention in two cities. The attention is anonymous, safe, and empathic.
From its opening to April 2023, the hotline answered more than 10,000 calls. In addition, it provided face-to-face attention in three offices located in La Paz and El Alto, where, to date, it has assisted more than 2,157 women in situations of violence, of which more than 60% requested accompaniment.
Mujer Segura program has specialized staff to address the cases that are registered, and community promoters for the prevention of this type of violence. Women who survived gender-based violence, today support other women to get out of this situation.
PPO Pro Bono Program and Alliance
For its part, PPO is a law firm that promotes a culture of solidarity among its members. Motivated by these values, PPO, through its internal program of free legal services (Pro Bono Program), provides legal assistance to people with limited resources and in situations of particular vulnerability.
From now on, the PPO Pro Bono Program joins the Pro Mujer (Safe Woman) program to provide legal training that serves as a guide for both specialized staff and promoters who carry out support services in different modalities.
“PPO ABOGADOS is firmly committed to promoting gender equality and to the lawyer’s duty to help the most vulnerable in society. We appreciate the trust that Pro Mujer places in our firm to collaborate in the Mujer Segura program, a wide-ranging initiative and high-impact initiative,” said Lindsay Sykes, partner of the firm.
For this reason, this agreement will make it possible to provide technical legal training to community promoters, so that they can strengthen their skills to provide a better service.
About Pro Mujer
Pro Mujer is a social enterprise that, for more than 33 years, has worked to advance toward gender equality in Latin America. Our goal is for women to reach their full potential, improve their living conditions and become agents of change for their communities. To achieve this, we operate under a holistic and comprehensive model with three fundamental pillars: Expand their access to health and wellness services; enable their financial inclusion, and provide them with skills development opportunities.
About PPO ABOGADOS
PPO ABOGADOS is the largest law firm in Bolivia, with more than 120 professionals working from its offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Cochabamba, and Cobija. Its Pro Bono Program has been internationally recognized.