Domestic Violence and Economic Empowerment of Women

While writing a Research Paper on Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Nepal, I found out that the incidences of Domestic Violence is increasing geometrically in Nepal. As we know Violence against Women is the biggest impediment to the economic empowerment of women. I just wanted to initiate this discussion to know what other countries have done to curb Domestic Violence and to empower women. Please share the experience of your country in this regard.

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  • Stella Bakibinga

    As Julien mentioned, domestic violence has a number of faces. Some people face it in an emotional way whereas to others it may be physical. Having said that, it is hard to be productive when you know that at the end of the day you will return to a 'torture chamber'!!!!! Addressing all forms of domestic violence is paramount if we are to achieve WEE.

  • Ana Espinosa

    Renu, I don't know exactly if any country has already done enough work in this matter, obviously because domestic violence still exist I would say none have actually figure out what initiatives, programs or so are really good for addressing the issue - when it come to domestic violence I found out that so many times we are setting programs to "fix" women and their mindset about it, like why they are staying on a place or relationship that is being beyond harmful for them, but what I haven't found is actually really something that instead of focusing on the victim work to "fix" the aggressor, which in so many ways is the root cause of this issue. 

    Take a look at this talk that for me was really inspiring to watch and that you might found interesting for your paper

  • Julien Delsarte

    In Belgium, domestic violence remains unsolved. I have a family member who faced physical violence, she nearly dies but man was not condemned. As I observed in India, people face physical, sexual, financial and emotional violence. My family member, with an other man now, still face daily financial and emotional violence. It is a real pain because of dependence (when you don't have resources to move out) and lack of laws (when you don't have a follow-up and a reliance with public authorities). With an increase of open minded people and knowledge on gender issues, people tend to be more aware of those situations. Like I previously said on child education in an other post, it is a matter of mindset because you will need to change the way people act and think with a cultural/social empowerment. But it is also a matter of power (e.g. to know that you "control" one person...) and that's why I praise for a legal empowerment.

  • Catherine Nyoike

    Unfortunately, domestic violence is prevalent in many communities. 

    Mid this year in Kenya,  " The prevention of Domestic Violence Act"  was passed . It is proactive in nature and focuses on prevention of domestic violence. The definition of domestic violence has been widened to include traditional rites e.g wife inheritance, female genital mutilation, interference from in-laws. Among the many other forms of abuse recognized are economic abuse, verbal abuse and emotional or psychological abuse.

    We now hope that this will encourage more women to report incidences of domestic violence.

  • Catherine wachu

    Domestic violence is more of a cycle that needs to be broken, 

    For a woman or the victim to be able to walk away, they need courage and a strong support system.

  • Teresa Abila
    To me I think domestic violence increases when a woman has no voice,is not educated and doesn't know her rights or channels to report such cases. Most of these women persevere and keep quiet about the violence.They fear exposing family issues to the public.These violence can be through physical beatings by their spouses, rape or sexual harrasment.In most cases, it is men inflicting pain in the womens' bodies. But when women have consolidated economic power, they tend to be at alower risk of violence. With this, programmes aimed at empowering women economically should consider how best to include violence prevention initiatives particularly in rural and cultural settings.
  • Joy Eze

    I will like to learn more about this

  • Ana Choza

    Only during the summer of 2015, 37 women and 8 minor have been killed in Spain by their partners, fathers or their mothers' partners. More than 80 deaths since January. In total, more than 900 women died for this cause in the last 10 years .

    At this propose, a feminist platform  took the initiative to make a call for a state-wide demonstration on the 7th November that was rapidly seconded by activist associations across the whole country. The objective was to claim for political commitment towards legislation ensuring minimal budget coverage and a constant presence of this problem in the governmental agenda regardless which party is in power.

    Thousands of people from all over the country went to Madrid to the demonstration. And today, just two days before that,  I read that 4 women have been killed in the past two days. 

    It´s very important to fight against violence against women and this has to be a matter of State. 


  • Tazeen Dhanani

    In the U.S., domestic violence is an important issue but one that's not necessarily addressed adequately. I used to volunteer at a shelter for survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, and as paramount as having these types of shelters in place is, it's not the end-all, be-all approach to preventing or addressing violence against women that many people think it is. While we have hotlines and call centers, shelters, and other resources available, it's simply not enough to tackle these issues because these issues are still so taboo. Violence against women takes many forms--human trafficking, forced marriage, child marriage, intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, etc. Unfortunately in the U.S., most people don't even realize these issues are taking place--Americans tend to see these issues as those which plague other countries, and other regions of the world. Or they're extremely private matters, and should be left for the couple or family to deal with. However, the prevalence in the U.S. of, say, trafficking, is huge. In fact, the annual Superbowl attracts more human trafficking incidents than just about any other event in the U.S., and we're told to be more vigilant around that time of the year in case we see anything suspicious in the city where the Superbowl is being hosted. Another example, regarding arranged marriages and FGM: Americans tend to see these issues as cultural or religious in context, and they're afraid of addressing these issues so they're not seen as "racist" or discriminatory. When cultural context and its nuances are introduced, it adds another layer of complication entirely.

  • Stella Bakibinga

    Domestic violence kind of increases when women attain some level of economic empowerment. I think this is because some men get insecure when women get less dependent on them for finances.

    In Uganda, the Police Force has a Family Unit at every police station. These units have trained personnel who handle domestic affairs. Women are always advised to report when they face problems. These officers are trained to mediate between the two parties, but when issues get out of hand, then they are automatically handed over to the courts of law.

    We also have organizations that help women who face such problems. The Federation of Uganda Lawyers (FIDA Uganda) provides a free legal clinic to all women and children in that regard. Domestic matters are always handled in such a way that mediation is given first priority. These organizations don't aim at breaking families and so only go to court when mediation fails.

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