16 Days of activism against gender based violence
Violence against women is deeply rooted in gender-based discrimination, social norms that accept violence, and gender stereotypes that continue cycles of violence. Many efforts to address this vice have mostly concentrated on response efforts and paid less attention to primary prevention which is the key to eliminating violence against women and girls completely. This type of prevention effort requires innovative efforts to address the root causes of violence against women, such as gender inequality, adverse childhood experiences, as well as factors that foster abuse or tolerance of abuse, such as alcohol use and societal violence.
This will involve dismantling the hierarchical construction of masculinity and femininity predicted on the control of women, and eliminating the structural factors that support inequalities are likely to make a significant contribution to preventing violence against women. However, this is a long term process that will require the participation of everyone in society and other immediate measures like the engagement of males as agents of change and putting in place proper legislation.
On this Friday, December 4th the 10th day of #16daysofactivism against Gender-Based Violence, we will moderate a Twitter Chat on “Preventing, Responding and Eliminating Violence Against Women” starting from 3:00 pm EAT and 1:00 pm GMT. Join us in this engaging conversation under the hashtags #NoMoreGBV #16DaysofActivism2020.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.
In most times when we talk about domestic violence, we tend to focus on physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Rarely does financial abuse come to mind. But why? Because financial abuse is less commonly understood or spoken about form of abuse. Sadly, this abuse or control of one’s access to family finances and assets is prevalent and occurs in up to 99 percent of domestic violence cases.
So, why are we not talking about it?
Many people are being emotionally abused without realizing it. Many wonder whether they are being abused but are confused as to what exactly emotional abuse is. As a way to help clear up any confusion you may have as to whether you are being emotionally abused, I present the most common tactics used by abusive people. The typical emotional abuser has an entire repertoire of tools he or she can use to manipulate and control their partner. While not every abuser uses these tactics in a deliberate, conscious way, many do.