Ending gender-based violence will involve action at all levels: challenging social norms that condone violence or impose gender roles; strengthening legislation to criminalise violence, and prosecuting the perpetrators.
Intimate partner violence is any behaviour by a current or former partner or spouse that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm. This is one of the most common forms of violence experienced by women globally but the risk is higher where violence is normalised and where inflexible concepts of gender persist. So many cultures accepted violence against women and girls as a social norm. This must be challenged as a matter of urgency, and the blame, shame and stigma faced by victims must be eliminated.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and psychological consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, communities, countries and the world at large.
Our Social Obligations
● Start a campaign from where you are, promoting and strengthening values that support non-violent, respectful, nurturing and gender positive culture.
● Educate yourself on violence against women; learn the facts and the prevalence.
● Dating violence & sexual assault affects 1 in 3 girls by the time they are 18 therefore teach kids that respect is the minimum in a relationship, and lead by example
● Strive for equality for everyone
● Ask permission before pursuing physical or sexual contact with someone.
● Stop your sexual advances if the other person says NO and encourage others to do the same
● Post awareness materials in restrooms and break rooms for easy and confidential accessibility.
● Ask your priest, rabbi, pastor, cleric, or spiritual leader to hold a special service to raise awareness and promote safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators.
● Most sex offenders aren’t strangers. 86% are known to their victim therefore don’t be afraid to speak up for those who have lost their voice or dignity.
● Think globally and act locally.