Women for change 2015: Rocio Nieto/Spain

Rocio trained as a social worker and has always been involved in supporting people in need. For over 40 years, she has been fighting to improve the living standards of marginalized people: women who have been victims of domestic violence, mentally disabled children, people who have been the victims of sexual abuse. In 1985, she started working with prostitued women, a group which appeared particularly vulnerable to her, with a lack of public policies to address their needs. In 1989, Rocio set up APRAMP. She started working in Madrid and then extended her activities to 5 other autonomous communities

Her project
Train survivors of sex- trafficking to detect and identify victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and integrate them in the organization’s mobile team.

The objectives of her project
Rocio’s organization, APRAMP aims to support women who have been sexually exploited to find their freedom and dignity once again. It is essential to train social workers to identify and approach victims to make it possible for them to escape from their procurers. This training will be provided by 6 former victims who managed to extricate themselves from this situation. They will act as inter-cultural mediators for victims, by offering them help and support. Through their experience and the training they have received, they will be better-equipped to contact and help these women. Rocio’s project therefore involves setting up a local support network to respond to emergency situations.
Between 250 and 280 women and girls of over 40 nationalities are in contact with the association every day.

Where?
In 5 autonomous provinces and communities in Spain: Almeria, Asturias, Badajos, Salamanca, and Murcia + Madrid

The organization
APRAMP - the Association for the Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Support for Female Sex Workers

 

 

Women for change, Orange Foundation award

These five women who are committed to helping the women of their country are all truly exceptional. The candidates are all from the Mediterranean region.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project (€25,000.).

The results of the vote will be announced at the Women’s Forum on October 16th at 11:00am (CET).

 

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