Results & Impact:
I think these workshops have been successful in broaching sensitive topics, and much of the success had to do with the use of art as a vehicle for discussion.
I ended up facilitating the workshop on violence against women first. It was a two day workshop held in Coban. I started out by teaching the women to make journals so that over the period of the workshop they would all have something to take notes in. We made a tree of dreams, which was an effective way of focusing the participants' minds on what they want for their lives.
In beginning to discuss various types of abuse, such as family, domestic, physical, sexual and mental abuse, the participants broke up into small groups to come up with definitions of the various types of abuse. We then joined back up to discuss the similarities and differences in their definitions. The women then worked individually to draw different examples of abuse, which we all discussed afterwards. The women then returned to their small groups and looked through newspapers to create a collage of various types of abuse in the world.