Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

(These types of days are necessary and yet the necessity of such is what saddens me most.)

From the UNFPA:
Violence against women is the most prevalent and least punished crime in the world. It is also a grave threat to health and well-being. Together with the global financial crisis and climate change, it constitutes a major challenge of our time.

Today, as we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, let us unite for human rights and dignity for all. Let us raise our voices and intensify efforts for zero tolerance of violence against girls and women. And let us salute those who are working hard on this important issue. The women, men and young people who actively challenge discrimination and violence against women deserve increased support.
Gender-based violence also serves – by intention or effect – to perpetuate male power and control. It is sustained by a culture of silence and denial of the seriousness of the health consequences of abuse. In addition to the harm they exact on the individual level, these consequences also exact a social toll and place a heavy and unnecessary burden on health services.
Around the world, as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member; one woman in four has been abused during pregnancy.

If nothing else, I urge you to take a moment after reading this to say a dua/prayer for the victims of violence and abuse worldwide.

1 comment:

Shireen said...

May Allah bless you for bring attention to this social issue that affect women of all races, creeds, ages and socio-economic status.

In addition of making dua for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (they are many times intertwined), to volunteer in your local area! There are many non-profit agencies that are in need of volunteers. For those in LA/OC area checking out this pdf that list local agencies providing services for domestic and sexual violence is a start: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/injviosaf/Documents/Los%20Angeles.pdf.