Social Mentoring from a Gender Perspective
Network of mentors against gender-based violence
Training and support for organisations, associations and institutions
We introduce horizontal action as a complement to specialised attention, collaborating with institutions, organisations, associations, services and teams of trained professionals, through a model that harnesses the participation and testimony of survivors of gender-based violence.
We are very proud of our established alliances with transnational organisations and with initiatives such as KVINFO, leaders in Mentoring from a Gender Perspective.
Specialised instruction in mentoring from a gender perspective
Assistance: design and implementation of programs to establish networks of mentors
We adapt the response plan to the specific needs and characteristics of social care services for women.
Coverage expansion: a complement to existing assistance programs
We prepare networks of mentors to act in conjunction with the public-private social care network.
We accompany and supervise all mentoring projects adopted by social care services who have opted for the incorporation of this social intervention tool.
Lores López is a jurist specialized in gender violence and equality. She has experience in gender-impact community work and prevention of male violence against women. She has participated in the development and review of local protocols for the comprehensive approach against sexist violence in the Baix Llobregat, a district next to Barcelona.
In Denmark, she met organizations specialized in care for women in situation of male violence (Danske Kvindesamfund) and refugees (Trampolin Huset). She also contacted the Mentoring with gender perspective program of the Denmark’s knowledge center for gender and equality, KVINFO.
She has participated in forums on gender equality and human rights at local, national and international levels. As a result, she acquired a panoramic view of the most common problems in the gender-based violence field and the multiple approaches to combating it.
In 2017, in association with KVINFO, she created Dones Mentores, a social mentoring program with gender perspective. It is based in community and horizontal projects that involve women and promote social participation. It complements the current assistance programs.
Anna holds a MSc in Telecommunications Engineering and provides Dones Mentores with the technological approach. Trained and with experience in the audiovisual sector, she represents a good asset for the program. Anna has also experience in local policies, gained when she was engaged in local politics in her municipality.
Anna’s first contact with the program was as mentor in a mentoring that took place completely online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her professional profile and deep knowledge of Dones Mentores raises her as key person for this mentoring program. With Anna’s back up and support, Dones Mentores wants to launch mentoring projects for women where information and computing technologies (ICT) play a relevant role. Gender gap in TECH and ICTs is another aspect of inequality that needs to be neutralized.
Personal contact in mentoring programs is an unquestionable value. However, we have to take action forced by new challenges, such as social distance imposed by the pandemic, isolated women living in rural areas, and other cases that do not allow physical contact. Current situations force us to rethink ourselves in many aspects. This is where online mentoring happens to be useful, opening paths to connect like-minded women who live miles away.
Anna joined the Dones Mentores team in 2021.