Take an oath today and swear to stand up against violence against women. Every year on this day, we in Australia hold White Ribbon Day as a way to stop violence against women. It is also the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. As you can see in the statistics presented above, here in Australia, 1 woman is killed almost every week by her current or former partner in Australia.
Violence against women is not always visible. It doesn’t always have to be physical. Psychological abuse is not uncommon and just as dangerous if not more. Through psychological abuse, a woman’s confidence is shot bit by bit. She is called names and told she will never find anyone else who loves her so much. Every aspect of her life begins to get controlled by the perpetrator. She loses friends, contacts, financial independence and sometimes even the ability to make decisions about her clothes and activities. And thus, it becomes harder for her to leave.
Time and again women are blamed for violence against them. They are blamed for ‘provoking’ their partner. Or they are blamed for not leaving them soon enough. The fact is, it is hard to leave a violent situation. It is even harder when children are involved. Most women will attempt to leave but do not always succeed immediately.
The only way to stop violence against women is to educate men. Change starts at the grass roots level. And men need to stand up to those men who are perpetrators of violence. Men need to educate their mates to not put down their girlfriends, wives, or other women around them. Men need to stand up for women when they see them being abused. Men need to teach other men.
I know there are good men out there. There are several.
Hopefully, with the help of these men and a number of women, we can become a society that eventually puts an end to this violence.
Until next time,