And no i’m not talking about the TV show…i must be one of the only people yet to watch it. Although it is about chicks in prison (wearing orange) and so does kind of tie in to the #OrangeURHood trend. Forget all the ‘thanksgiving’ and ‘black friday’ trending that’s going on, get on board with this, it’s way more important!
Today is national End Violence Against Women’s day. Never heard of it? Shame on you, call yourself a feminist! 🙂 Don’t worry, most people haven’t. And now you know perhaps you can help raise awareness? Here are a few facts that will give you the right ‘ump:
- 35% of women internationally experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence.
- It is estimated that up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk from FGM/C, and more than 130 million girls and women have undergone the procedure worldwide.
- Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.
- The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations.(OBVS).
Some light reading on the subject can be found here and reading up on the subject/spreading the word really is important. It shows women who have suffered/are suffering violence against them (more than 70% globally according to some statistics), that they aren’t alone, that we support them and that there are plenty of forums/support networks that will help them to speak out about human rights crimes against them. They don’t have to suffer in silence as many do.
Recently celebrities, like Jamelia (who dedicated a song to her abuser), spoke out about how they suffered. Not the stereotypical picture of the sort of woman that will suffer domestic violence (which we all know is bollox anyway), Jamelia’s story shows that ANY and EVERY type of woman can fall victim to violence. She is a successful strong popular career minded woman. Speaking out so bravely about it will invariably help loads of victims just to know that they aren’t alone and ITS NOT THEIR FAULT.
Violence against women is not just a domestic issue, it’s everything from the tricky subject of genital mutilation to gender based discrimination. Raising awareness and using our voices to speak up for our sisters that cant/wont, is just one way we can help. Get on board. Show that orange really is the new black.
* Orange your neighbourhood from 25 November to 10 December to say NO to violence against women
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