“This year, OBR Togo is more committed to fight violence against young girls in the schools. We launched a poetry and sketch competition to give girls the opportunity to express themselves through their talents. We have also produced a short documentary film “Broken Silence”, a testimony of some girls’ victims of violence. We are going to show this film in schools to get our young sisters not to fear and to really break the silence.” – Armande Blakime

One Billion Rising Coordinator for Togo, ARMANDE BLAKIME, is a human rights defender for the Center for Documentation and Training on Human Rights (CDFDH). She is also engaged with the Association for the Defense of the Rights of Household and Domestic Helpers of Togo (ADDAD Togo). She helps to inform and train domestic workers on their rights, educates employers on the respect of these rights while making advocacy at the institutional level so that legal arrangements can be made. Armande is committed for a few months in Civic Service at the Catholic Committee for the fight against Hunger and for Development (CCFD Terre Solidaire) where she contributes to education for citizenship and international solidarity.

Passionate about the empowerment of women and the fight against violence against women, Armande conducts animation and training activities in communities in Togo and during the Camps for young girls organized each year by Peace Corps Togo volunteers.