Female genital mutilation, Slavery, trafficking, incest, rape, battery. These are just a few of the horrors many women in the world face. Today is International Day to End Violence Against Women. Let me introduce you first to two women who have told their stories. Prego and the Loon tells her story of surviving an abusive relationship. Stella Marr tells her story of being domestically trafficked in New York for 10 years on The Secret Life of a Manhattan Call Girl.
Secondly, I am asking you to share this blog post immediately. The act of spreading awareness is no small thing!
Thirdly, take your time and read these statistics. This is how real violence against women is:
- Three Caribbean countries are among the top 10 for reported incidences of rape. All Caribbean countries (where comparable data is available) have higher than the global average for rape. One in three women in the Caribbean on average will experience domestic violence (UN Women Caribbean)
- Nearly 20% of women in New Hampshire say they have been raped. (NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, University of New Hampshire, and state authorities, 2007)
- In Seoul, Korea, 22% of adult women said they had been the victims of rape and attempted rape (UNIFEM)
- In a survey in South Africa, 25% of the young men admitted to having had sex with a woman without her consent, before he was 18 years of age (Human Rights Watch)
- Domestic violence is the major cause of death and disability for European women aged 16 to 44 and accounts for more death and ill-health than cancer or traffic accidents. (reported by Amnesty International)
- In Barbados, a national survey of women and men aged 20 to 45 found that 33 per cent of women and 2 per cent of men reported having been sexually abused during childhood. (UNFPA)
In her message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet calls for bold action and decisive leadership to galvanize efforts to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls.
As a future mother I am imploring us to get involved and stop being bystanders to such violence. I do not have all the answers, but please find an Agency in your area where you can volunteer or learn more. To the women who are victims, I pray that you have the courage to get up and walk away. Please revisit Prego and the Loon’s blog. See how she did it.
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