By FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times (expository)
Defined by the United Nations as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women”, Violence Against Women affects every year approximately 35% of the women population worldwide. But what is most worrying besides the fact that it is a horrible and inhumane act, is that it not only affects women, it affects everyone.
In 2005, 1181 women were murdered by their intimate partner, the main cause of the act being jealousy from one side of the relationship. These numbers make an average of three women every single day for an entire year. 12 years have passed and these numbers are now even higher, approximately 10,000 victims. This also means that if you are in a room, one out of three women in there have probably been abused. These numbers are more than shocking, they are alarming; and it is time nations take action into what is happening.
Furthermore, violence and discrimination against women are human rights violations. The primary causes of these attacks are inequality and discrimination, it is an expression of the unequal and low-status women are in. It varies in forms and quantities in different countries, yet nothing could ever make it alright. Violence against women not only hurts them but also the people that are around them, and it leads to even more violence in the long run.
However, not everything is bad news. Studies have shown that violence against women is preventable, and even though it has escalated incredibly rapidly during the last few years it is one of the easiest and fastest things to stop. Women are now more than ever realizing the capabilities they own to raise awareness among people about why violence should be eliminated. If we end violence, everybody wins; because a world where violence against women is intolerable is a better world for all of us in it. There is no need to create a cure, it already exists, and it is called acting.
Delegates of the Commission On the Status of Women, listening to what other delegates had to say regarding the topic.