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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25th November

“We hear you. We believe you. We stand with you.”

Violence against women is one of the most widespread, constant and shocking violations today that has existed for decades. Analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that globally about 1 in 3 (30% of) women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner or non-partner.

People have been informed of this for years, but the challenges remain the same, limiting women’s and girls’ access to safety and justice. This is because adequate actions haven’t been taken to prevent violence, and when it occurs, the culprits go unpunished. Also, a considerable number of these cases remain unreported due to the disgrace and shame women feel around them.

As doors closed and isolation began due to Covid-19, reports highlight the increase of domestic violence. Also, the violence includes sexual harassment in workplaces, public and private spaces. There are many forms of abuse that result in serious physical and emotional traumas.

While violence against women is a gender-based violation that leads to physical, mental, sexual and psychological harm to women, these miserable situations are threats for them in their social, economic, legal and political equality in society. More than that, this impacts the welfare and protection of women. This mercilessness towards women not only impact them but also their families, their community and the country.

The time has come to recognize the urgent need to stand for the rights of women and bring back their equality, security, freedom and prestige in society. Not only women but also men should give their utmost contribution to eradicate this ruthless system. It’s on all of us to give her the safe space that she needs to speak and to be heard. As adults, our vision should be educating the younger generation and organizing awareness programs in schools about women’s rights so they can build a better future for all. This is not an inevitable matter, but we shouldn’t ignore catcalling and inappropriate sexual comments. Every human must step forward to support survivors, empower victims and amplify their voices.

Thus, it’s clear that ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Everyone should stand together to make her a better life to protect the fundamental freedom of women in the political, economic, social and cultural fields.

Among all the discrimination women face, they rise unwaveringly while empowering everyone to the maximum they can. Through Athena, the International Service Avenue of the Rotaract Club of the University of Kelaniya paved the way for each and everyone to grab the amazing insights of several strong women who stood out from the rest and made a huge impact on ordinary society. Tap the link below to get the idea that a world where gender equality exists would be a marvelous and a better place to live.

~Rtr. Sachini Samadara~

Rtr. Sachini Samadara
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