UN Puts Global Spotlight on Violence Against Women Crisis
November 25th marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It’s a day that highlights violence against women and girls and as a global initiative, is now 16 days of activism partnered with the UN’s anti-violence against women UNiTE campaigns.
This past weekend, tens of thousands of women in France held protests denouncing violence against women, with 130 believed to have been killed by their partners or ex-partners in the country this year. About 10,000 women in Belgium took to the streets to sound the alarm on the issue, while a hospital in Milan published X-rays of women who’ve been abused by men; both events coinciding with the UN’s International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
According to data, one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually by an intimate partner. In 2012, one in two women killed worldwide were killed by their partner or family. Human trafficking and female genital mutilation are major acts of violence against women, with 71% of human trafficking victims being women and girls, and 200 million having gone through the barbaric practice of FGM.
The Realist Woman's take:
What drives this violent behavior against women? For one, we're not seen as equals. To many men, we are considered inferior and are objects to them. They clearly do not consider us their equals who deserves love, respect and kindness. And no, it's not all men abusing women, but it's too many men who have made this issue an all out crisis on a global scale. Men are beating women into submission and then this behavior is enabled by societies that does not enforce harsh consequences.
Until women are treated as equals, until they view us as human beings and not property to profit off of or objects to control, abuse and throw away, until society refuses to tolerate this violence and perpetrators face the consequences of their toxic behavior, this is not going to stop.