• Denise Perini

DEEP DIVE: I Can’t Believe We Still Have To Protest This Sh*t Over & Over Again…



International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women


Nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. And a global pandemic has not helped the situation.


A new report from UN Women, based on data gathered from around 13 countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, showed that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence.


Only 1 in 10 of those women said that victims would go to the police for help.

These statistics alone are enough to prove why women still have to protest this bullsh*t.


 

We Need To Eliminate Violence


Violence against women & girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread & devastating human rights violations in our modern day world. It is also one of the forms of violence that remains largely unreported due to the severe impunity, silence, stigma & shame surrounding it.


The psychological, sexual & reproductive health consequences of VAWG affect women of all ages, continuously making it an obstacle in achieving equality, development, & fulfilment of women for women.


Without equality, we cannot grow or thrive as a society & as a world.


 

Violence Happens Everywhere


Violence on women happens everywhere. Be it a cat-call in the streets or a 7-year-old being married off to a 60-year-old, violence occurs at any place, at any time incl:

  • Intimate Partner Violence incl. femicide, physical & psychological abuse & martial rape

  • Sexual Violence & Harassment incl. rape, forced marriage stalking & street harassment

  • Human Trafficking (slavery & prostitution)

  • Female Genital Mutilation

  • Child Marriage


FreeHour recently took to the University of Malta to shed light on the issue of sexual assault on women through catcalling.




 

How Can We Improve?


A future without violence against women is possible. With the right education, essential services, justice, health & sufficient finances, along with advocates & policies from male, female & non-binary parties, it is possible.


Unfortunately we still have a long way to go. So we protest, we protest this shit over & over again until our voices are hoarse & our legs are tired.


We fight for equality not just for us, but for women across the globe who are less fortunate than us; those who have it worse.


We fight for a better future. Fight with us.



Have You Ever Experienced A Form Of Violence?


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