International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women.
➖WHO estimates that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. ➖137 women are killed by a member of the family everyday. ➖15 million adolescent girls worldwide aged 15-19 years, have experienced forced sex. ➖In 2019, 1 in 5 women aged 20-24 years, were married before the age of 18. ➖Less than 40% of women experience violence seek help. ➖Adult women account for nearly half (49%) of all human trafficking victims globally. ➖Globally, as many as 38 % of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner.
⚫Violence can negatively effect a woman's physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. It may also have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide. 42% of women who experience intimate partner violence report an injury.
⚫Women who experience intimate partner violence were 16% more likely to suffer miscarriage and 41% more likely to have a pre-term birth
⚫It is estimated that cases have increased by 20% during lockdown and calls to helpline have increased five-fold in some countries as rates of reported intimate partner violence increase due to pandemic.
How can you help?
"Listen to and believe survivors"
"Do say: We hear you. We believe you. We stand with you."
"Teach the next generation and learn from them"
"Learn the signs of abuse and how you can help"
"Take a stand by calling it out when you see it: catcalling, inappropriate sexual comments and sexist jokes are never okay"
"It's important to remember that when discussing cases of sexual violence, a victim's sobriety, clothes, and sexuality are irrelevant"
Some twenty four years back my grandfather bought napkins and travelled for four hours to wipe my scholar father's tears after he failed to join army in his last attempt, but keeping aside those napkins my father only gulped wine and smoked ten cigarettes.
Years later a day before my history exam my father was brought home with a fractured leg by two men and minutes before leaving for another hospital he had smiled and sipped drumstick stew with us.
But yesterday he cut his thumb while slicing onions and chillies for omelette, cried for an hour in solitude and slept empty stomach.
The pain of men who do not cry like poems of Chaucer are misunderstood since the beginning.