Gender based violence

Maveen
Posted May 4, 2020 from United Kingdom

During the current lock down we see an steep increase in gender based violence.  Men being violent against women - physical and emotional violence. However, every item focuses very little on the man who is the perpetrator.  Even the government puts the responsibility on women to press 55 to protect themselves.  However, this can be quite difficult for women who may not have access to their phone due to the 'control' situation. The way stories are projected, it seems as if lock down is responsible for the violence. Why is this the case?  Why is it that women are not perpetrators in maximum of cases?  Do they not find the the impact of lock down stressful too? We see most women now have to manage to 'work from home', as well as look after their families (a difficult task if you have young children!), ensure school work is done, and take care of herself.  For the man in the household, he chooses to work whenever he wishes and many do not want to take on any household responsibility - particularly if they earn more than the woman. Yet lock down is provided as an 'excuse' for the violence! We need the media to reconsider what they are publishing and ensure that violence is not made into something that is inevitable!!

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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Chi8629
May 05
May 05

Thank you for sharing.

Paulina Nayra
May 05
May 05

Dear Maveen,
There is no excuse for violence. The lockdown should not be an excuse. And your post made me realize the lack of information and education campaign addressed to men, for them to reform their behavior towards women; to respect women; to help and support them in the housework and childcare. This should be a major project to stop violence against women not only during the lockdown but forever. A violent relationship has no place in a peaceful and prosperous society.
Stay safe, sister!
Huggs.

Maveen
May 06
May 06

Thank you Paulina. Your suggestion for the need to educate men is really important. Thank you!!

Laetitia Shindano
May 06
May 06

Merci nous partager cette expérience malheureuse que vive certaines femmes pendant ce moment difficile de Covid-19.
C'est vraiment triste et inhumain d'infliger des
souffrances aux femmes en tout temps. Oui, les hommes doivent être interpellés par les médias sur cette situation.

Laetitia

Maveen
May 08
May 08

Would be great to see a translation of this??

Paulina Nayra
May 08
May 08

Dear Maveen,
In the Philippines, the social welfare department has this project called ERPAT (Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Responsibilities). You may want to take a look at at . https://www.dswd.gov.ph/issuances/AOs/AO_2003-040.pdf
Good luck!
Huggs.

Maveen
May 08
May 08

Thank you very much Paulina!!

Anita Shrestha
May 07
May 07

Thank you for sharing.

Mumble
Sep 24
Sep 24

You raise some interesting points. It's a subject that needs to be projected more into the world to bring awareness of the abuse experienced. I've recently shared my own story to encourage others not to do what I did.