ELIMINATING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Posted November 27, 2019 from Uganda

In every city and town, every rural village and every community in the world, there are women of all ages suffering the physical, emotional and psychological impact of gender based violence. Whilst this is tolerated, accepted or ignored we will never be able to achieve the stronger, more stable communities that the world desperately needs and which almost every nation on earth declares are their objective. As long as women and girls are subjected to violence, manipulation, control and subjugation and as long as the world stands by and accepts these abuses, we will never achieve the 2030 Agenda.

It is well documented that gender based violence is passed on from generation to generation unless challenged. This challenge must be effective and embedded in education and positivity and immediate. Our children must grow up with a basic understanding of equality. This must extend beyond girls and boys, women and men and fully encompass the reality of our modern world. Rural women continue to be isolated from full and fair implementation of laws protecting them and are often far from the societal changes their urban counterparts are beginning to see.

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is very important. It is crucial that we use this period as a springboard for genuine change in the years ahead. The different social media campaigns have seen many millions of women globally come forward and report current, ongoing or historical accounts of sexual harassment, abuse, intimidation and violence. Thumbs up to digital platforms which have raised awareness of these campaigns to unprecedented levels and at a speed never seen before. The reality is that many are still in a position that stops them from speaking out. Situational threats, societal shame, fear of judgement or continued danger and perhaps most critically isolation mean that women around the world cannot escape their situation nor speak out for themselves. We must use our power, voice, and privilege to help raise the voice of those women not being heard. As World Pulse sisterhood we are joining colleagues from all over the world in campaigning to end gender based violence. Each of us must take responsibility for change. Do not tolerate the status quo in your community, speak out for change and for a final end to gender based violence.

#IStandWithHer #LogOnRiseUp @WorldPulse #16DaysofActivism

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Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hi Dear Jacqueline,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your post. I totally agree with you. The change starts now, and with everyone. Every day we can be making a difference, even if it's a small gesture or change in belief. I also agree about the social media campaigns helping to empower and embolden girls and women that have been subjugated. Like I was just sharing on another post that I spoke up yesterday on a FB group that posted something that sexualized women and I spoke up about it only to be slammed immediately by at least three men and then I reported it. I was so surprised and angry. I had forgotten what it was like since I don't commute to work anymore and leads a pretty reclusive life now since I work from home. It was a reality check for me that I could do even more to speak up and be the change. FB pulled the post after I reported a slanderous comment from someone. I was also impressed by a few, brave souls, however, they spoke up and stood by me and that agreed with me. This gave me hope.

I hope you're doing well, and having a great week!

Carol Sunborn
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Your on line abuse is far too common. I applaud your proactive response. Being brave can be so hard in some situations.

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

I agree. Ridiculous and inhumane, all in one:-(

Aw, thank you! I appreciate it! Yes, it can, but it's time:-)

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Dear Jacqueline,
"This challenge must be effective and embedded in education and positivity and immediate...We must use our power, voice, and privilege to help raise the voice of those women not being heard".
Yes! Such a powerful call for sustained and growing action by those of us who have the means to be speaking out. All of the nations who signed the Declaration of Human Rights have paid even less than lip service and need to be held accountable. There is no excuse at this point in time for the lack of widespread education teaching men and boys that they do not have the right to violate women and control legalities that continue the status quo. Thank you for this!

Anita Shrestha
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Hi
Thanks for sharing

Lisbeth
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Dear Jac,
Thanks very much for supporting #istandwithher. Change starts now, immediate and today.
I support you. Have a great weekend and take care of yourself.
Regards

lizzymark
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

O yes dear Jacqueline, we can't stop speaking up,thanks for the reminder that it is important to be active during these 16days of activism.

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, Jacqueline,

Thank you for raising your voice against gender-based violence and for participating in the Call for Stories to commit to standing with women. It's very important that we join our hands and together amplify our defiance on the destructive, disrespectful status quo. I hope you have a great day!

Omoh Virginie
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Hi Jackie
I absolutely agree with you, the change we all want starts now and can only be achieved when we stand together as a community. You boost my spirit sister.

Have a blessed week.