I learned this morning from Marie of MAG’s Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the “shadow pandemic”.
Gender-based violence can take multiple forms, and here are a few examples.
I’ve written about this before in Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) has significant negative health consequences. You can read more about The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation.
Far too often, victims are blamed for the sexual violence they experience. Society says victims shouldn’t have been drinking, shouldn’t have dressed a certain way, shouldn’t have walked alone, etc. Instead of victim blaming, we need to recognize that consent isn’t that difficult a concept, and the onus is on would-be rapists not to rape.
We need to move beyond this as a society, and break down the rigid gender role expectations that harm females, males, those of other gender identities. Hopefully we can get to a point where we no longer need an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.