Violence against women: As we move closer to the end of this year’s 16 Days of Activism,i choose to focus our attention on recent post by Ambassador Polt
“Women in every society, in every corner of the globe, still suffer a disproportionate amount of the inequities that exist today. And more often than not, they suffer those inequities at the hands of men. In too many parts of the world, women are victims of domestic violence, are being trafficked and sold into sexual slavery, or are subjected to the horror of genital mutilation.
So today I want to lend my male voice to the call of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak out on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This must not be a day of women demanding their rights while we men stand idly by. Nor can it be a single day commitment.”
I do agree with the above author that elimination of violence against women should neither be one day affair,not a focus on women only.
There is need for a daily commmittment to be made by all to develop strategies geared towards ending violence against women.
Violence against women: All actors required
Whilst most of the victims of domestic,sexual and gender based violence are women and girls,there is need to develop mechanisms to involve male players.
It is not all males who commit acts of violence,hence need for society to ride on male champions in the society to create awareness on this issues.
It is also imperative for men to stand up and devise strategies of protecting the women and ladies in their lives from being violated in any way.
United against violence we stand: Divided we fall
As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism,let us all remember that no one individual or sector can effectively bring an end to violence against women and girls.