Summary of the Problem: According to the UN international statistics gathered from all countries of this world, the majority of women has been mistreated by men and that violence against women is deeply-rooted and spread worldwide. Now all mistreated women pose this international sensitive question and say to all men: Hey man, do you exercise physical and psychological violence against women? Please face yourself, be brave and answer this question frankly! If your answer is yes, I do that on a continuous basis, then you are a full-time criminal! if your answer is yes, I do that from time to time, then you are a part-time criminal, and if your answer is no, I never do that, then you are an angel who came from an unknown planet and landed on earth by chance!!
Hey man, violence against women is useless and it has passive consequences on all human beings including men, it is a practical truth that violence begets violence, and it is proved by psychological experts throughout the world that any person who mistreats any other person will definitely be penalized sooner or later by the same abused person or by another person or by hidden and unknown circumstances caused by an unseen power called Allah or God or the Greatest Designer.
Look here men, now, all women in this world gaze at you and yell loudly : You must always keep in mind that violence against women is incriminated and penalized by all local and international laws, hey, men please stick to the human rights laws, please stop exercising violence against women because if you exercise violence against women, you impliedly encourage other men to exercise violence against your mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and your other female relatives and thus criminal violence will spread all over the world and no one will feel safe !!
Summary of the Solution: our international message to every man and woman, please take action, there are 10 practical procedures issued by the UN you can help end violence against women in all our countries and these procedures are as follows:
- Listen to and believe survivors
When a woman shares her story of violence, she takes the first step to breaking the cycle of abuse.
It’s on all of us to give her the safe space she needs to speak up and be heard.
It’s important to remember that when discussing cases of sexual violence, a victim’s sobriety, clothes, and sexuality are irrelevant.
The perpetrator is the sole reason for assault and must bear the responsibility alone. Call out victim-blaming and counter the idea that it’s on women to avoid situations that might be seen as “dangerous” by traditional standards.
- Teach the next generation and learn from them
The examples we set for the younger generation shape the way they think about gender, respect and human rights. Start conversations about gender roles early on, and challenge the traditional features and characteristics assigned to men and women. Point out the stereotypes that children constantly encounter, whether in the media, on the street or at the school, and let them know that it’s OK to be different. Encourage a culture of acceptance.
Talk about consent, bodily autonomy and accountability to boys and girls, and also listen to what they have to say about their experience of the world. By empowering young advocates with information, and educating them about women’s rights, we can build a better future for all.
- Call for responses and services fit for purpose
Services for survivors are essential services.
This means that shelters, hotlines, counseling and all support for survivors of gender-based violence need to be available for those in need
- Understand consent
Freely given, enthusiastic consent is mandatory, every time.
Rather than listening for a “no,” make sure there is an active “yes,” from all involved. Adopt enthusiastic consent in your life and talk about it.
Phrases like “she was asking for it” or “boys will be boys” attempt to blur the lines around sexual consent, placing blame on victims, and excusing perpetrators from the crimes they have committed.
While those that use these lines may have fuzzy understandings of consent, the definition is crystal clear. When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines
- Learn the signs of abuse and how you can help
There are many forms of abuse and all of them can have serious physical and emotional effects. If you’re concerned about a friend who may be experiencing violence or feels unsafe around someone, review these signs and learn about the ways to help them find safety and support.
If you think someone is abusing you, help is available. You are not alone. If you’d like to talk with a trained advocate at a helpline, we compiled this list of resources around the world.
- Start a conversation
Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation that’s been perpetuated for decades.
It’s pervasive, but it’s not inevitable, unless we stay silent.
- Stand against rape culture
Rape culture is the social environment that allows sexual violence to be normalized and justified, fueled by the persistent gender inequalities and attitudes about gender and sexuality. Naming it is the first step to dismantling rape culture.
Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. Think about how you define masculinity and femininity, and how your own biases and stereotypes influence you.
From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities; we can all take action to stand against rape culture.
- Fund women’s organizations
Donate to local organizations that empower women, amplify their voices, support survivors, and promote acceptance of all gender identities and sexualities.
UN Women works with women’s organizations everywhere to end violence against women, assist survivors, and secure equal rights for women and girls everywhere. Donate now at https://donate.unwomen.org/en.
- Hold each other accountable
Violence can take many forms, including sexual harassment in the workplace and in public spaces.
Take a stand by calling it out when you see it: catcalling, inappropriate sexual comments and sexist jokes are never okay.
Create a safer environment for everyone by challenging your peers to reflect on their own behaviour and speaking up when someone crosses the line, or by enlisting the help of others if you don’t feel safe.
As always, listen to survivors and make sure they have the support they need.
- Know the data and demand more of it
To effectively combat gender-based violence, we need to understand the issue.
Relevant data collection is key to implementing successful prevention measures and providing survivors with the right support.
As gender-based violence has spiked during COVID-19, the gaps in gender sensitive data collection have become more glaring than ever. Call on your government to invest in the collection of data on gender-based violence.
Find out at https://data.unwomen.org/ how UN Women works to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted
Let our global motto be: No one in this world needs violence and hatred, all of us need love and peace
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