Violence against women - A time to think & act!

According to the UN Women: "One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner." This is indeed a depressing statistics. The situation becomes even more devastating when you hear news of high profile women getting beaten up - In her youth, singer Madonna was a victim of violence. Her then husband Sean Penn even tied her to the chair. Another mega star Rihanna was also beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown. What do these two women have in common - They are rich, famous and known to be very strong women. Although they have come out of these scenarios and are stronger than ever.... do you think such instances send a negative image to both men and women. How should women deal with issues of violence and harassment?

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  • Ebtisam Elghblawi
    To add to the list, also Lady gaga had been tro rape experience as i heard lately and sang her last song about it and reporting it.
  • Ebtisam Elghblawi
    Women should not tolerate a violent abusive man. She should report it and speak out about it as when she dont, he take advantage of it. Also some women stay with that man rather than leaving and saving her self that misery for all sorts of reasoning like independent, fearing the tabo of divorce and many more.
  • Sabin Muzaffar

    I absolutely agree with all three of you. But here the question arises how to report violence in societies which are deeply patriarchal and the victim is pressured by her family. Mentoring - as Joy suggests - is a good way of enabling the girl/woman to speak out... but even getting access to victims is a problem. Talking about Renu's comments on reporting violence is to create a platform - an app that is easily accessible to victims and where they can even speak out anonymously. This app can also be leveraged as a mentoring tool that will prepare such victims to actually come out and talk about their suffering. 

  • Sabin Muzaffar

    I absolutely agree with all three of you. But here the question arises how to report violence in societies which are deeply patriarchal and the victim is pressured by her family. Mentoring - as Joy suggests - is a good way of enabling the girl/woman to speak out... but even getting access to victims is a problem. Talking about Renu's comments on reporting violence is to create a platform - an app that is easily accessible to victims and where they can even speak out anonymously. This app can also be leveraged as a mentoring tool that will prepare such victims to actually come out and talk about their suffering. 

  • Joy Eze

    I believe mentoring women to speak out will help in handling this issue.So many women still believe it is a crime to let others know about  what is happening to them.Because women still keep it  as a secret,hence men feel is not a crime to do such things.Women should be mentored to speak out, when ever they are been violated against as doing this will go along way reducing the rate of violence against women and girls globally.

  • Renu Ghimire

    I agree with Bethel. Violence is a very sensitive issue. Reporting violence and fighting against is a key aspect of combating Violence against Women. But, that is not all. For example : In Nepal, the victims of violence fear to report it to the police or other concerned authority, because of the family pressure not to report it or because the incidence of violence increases after it is reported.

    It was easier for women like Madonna and Rihanna, to denounce violence because they were economically independent. But,  a lot of the victims of violence tolerate it because they are dependent on the perpetrator for eking their living. So, three things i.e reporting of violence, raising awareness and the cultural transformation for the economic empowerment of the women must go hand in hand.     

  • Bethel Tadesse

    Violence is such a sensitive issue, especially if there are women who are experiencing it. Some women find it hard to even admit to themselves that they are going through violence. Other types of violence such as honor based violence can also really effect women. This includes FGM and Forced Marriages. Women going through this can feel very helpless but for them to know that there are services out there to help them can really boost their confidence to do something about it. This way they can talk to someone and have the confidence to say 'no' or to report.It will all take time but education is empowerment so letting women know that there is help is defiantly the way they can deal with violence and harassment.

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