Another week to raise awareness about UNIFEM’s Say No – Unite End Violence Against Women.
As many readers may know I have agreed to use my site as a vehicle to spread the message about this campaign. I encourage you all to contribute by adding your name along with 5 million others to let Governments know we want change…support initiatives that help to end violence against women.
Changing the life of one woman who has experienced violence, or who lives with the threat of violence, is so important. A woman who can be educated, walk and talk freely, work or start a business can provide not only for herself but contributes to her family, community and indeed elevates her country. Listen to the efforts made by the Ngara Girls High School, supported by UNIFEM, it empowers girls in an unique way. Their voices are strong, beautiful examples how positive a school can be in preparing the next generation beyond reading, writing and math.
These young women already know what it is like to grow up with violence, not random but targeted. Women around this world understand abuse, exploitation, captivity, slavery, segregation, rape and mutilation. This is not a women’s issue. In actuality it is men’s issues, a human issue, so it is ever more important to involve not only girls and young women in the process of change in thinking, but also boys and young men. I encourage all mothers out there to keep that in mind and equally encourage all men to think deeply about the messages they have received about women and how that affects their own relationships and society. Here is Nicole Kidman speaking on what she tells her own children about violence against women.
Please do your part to change long standing views and policies; make individuals and Governments accountable. Violence against women may never be eradicated. There will always be those that are so weak they can only choose violence as a means to feel the power they lack, as false of a power that may be. However, being a part of the movement to end it, is far better than hoping someone else will stand up for the rights and dignity that we would wish for ourselves and our own children. Violence against women is impacting you whether you see it or not and we are paying for it, I can assure you.
Again take a look at this campaign and do what you can, even if it is to talk to your children about the great work that is being done to help. Thank you.