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“Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“But unlike COVID-19, violence against women cannot be stopped with a vaccine. We can only fight it with deep-rooted and sustained efforts – by governments, communities, and individuals – to change harmful attitudes, improve access to opportunities and services for women and girls, and foster healthy and mutually respectful relationships.”  continued  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

What could possibly be a good excuse for a person to start violence against a woman?! I cannot imagine anyone but people with disorders who give themselves the right to attack women instead of seeking help and healing their insecurities.

Probably most of us have seen or heard of violence against women, if they have not experienced it ourselves. I mean who hasn’t seen or knew of an act of violence against women from a partner or experienced it oneself!

Millions of Women Face Violence and at a Young Age

According to WHO reports, violence against women remains pervasive. Across their lifetime, 1 in 3 women. And round 736 million women are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner . This large number that has remained unchanged over the past decade. 

This violence starts early: 1 in 4 young women (aged 15-24 years) who are in a relationship will have already experienced violence by an intimate partner by the time they reach their mid-twenties.

Violence disproportionately affects women living in low- and lower-middle-income countries.  An estimated 37% of women living in the poorest countries have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their life, with some of these countries having a prevalence as high as 1 in 2.   

The regions of Oceania, Southern Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa have the highest prevalence rates of intimate partner violence among women aged 15-49, ranging from 33% – 51%.  The lowest rates are found in Europe (16–23%), Central Asia (18%), Eastern Asia (20%), and South-Eastern Asia (21%).

Younger women are at the highest risk for recent violence. Among those who have been in a relationship, the highest rates (16%) of intimate partner violence in the past 12 months occurred among young women aged between 15 and 24.

What Type of Help Exists?

Unfortunately, many women refuse to report against their partners. They fear possible reprisals such as depriving them of seeing their children, financial instability, having no place to go, or even losing their own lives, sometimes. Of course, it is hard to blame them for not acting as they are, usually, the weakest link.  However, there come governments along with civil institutions and the media to extend help encouraging these victims to break up the silence and challenge their fears.

The role of these entities is not limited to raising awareness among women, but also to providing safety, medical, and financial support.  Maybe, their most important help is providing education, which is by far a great source of nourishment for every woman to be confident and able to stir her boat safely. Furthermore, governments are raising penalties, ensuring timely trials in order to reassure the victims that being proactive can get them somewhere. 

In other words, countries should honor these organizations and their commitment and leadership to tackle violence against women in all its forms, through:

Why Should the World Care About Violence Against Women?

Violence, in all its forms, can have an impact on a woman’s health and well-being for the rest of her life. It is associated with an increased risk of injuries, depression, anxiety, unplanned pregnancies, sexually-transmitted infections, and many other health problems. It has an impact on society as a whole and comes with tremendous costs, impacting national budgets and counries’ overall development.

As I said earlier, preventing violence requires addressing systemic economic and social inequalities, and changing discriminatory gender norms. Successful interventions also include strategies that ensure essential services are available and accessible to survivors.

Conclusion

Women are the childbearing member of societies.  Without them there is no markets, no jobs, no money, no GDP, no kids, no men. Thus, the least that should be done is to honor, cherish, and appreciate every woman, daughter, or partner in life and give her the love, and the kindness she deserves.

And for every woman out there who sadly experienced violence from a partner or a family member I say, do not lose the faith and stand up for yourself, and say enough and never give up! We give all the support to women all over the world to keep their humanity and save their dignity.

Authored by Yasmine Deraz

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