STOP Corona = VAW Pandemic!!!

SADRAG
Posted March 19, 2020 from India

As the world reels under the pandemic spread of Corona virus, the mobile phones are buzzing with advisories and exchange of information among  the 7.7 Billion people of   planet earth. The virus has become a global threat to human beings, their survival and very  existence on planet earth. It appears that the world has united politically, socially and otherwise to self educate and  inform others of prevention and possible cure.The day is not far when collective wisdom followed by collective action  would get us, the human beings, tide over the threat of Corona virus.

Bringing diverse communities  for a collective fight against the common enemy has been facilitated by the use of mobile phone technology. The whooping more than 5 Billion mobile phone users, across the world, have  mobilized people against the onslaught of Corona virus. The result - Today, we are all  getting aware and informed on How to prevent the spread of Corona virus!! I am happy that we are today, together in the time of virus calamity irrespective of caste, class and community.

I am disturbed at the same time, thinking, why the similar promptness in  response is not received when we talk about the issue that is as disturbing as Corona virus and which has been there with us since the onset of humanity. I am talking about  violence against women.  I feel that the mobile phone technology does not work  so actively when  we want to garner support to shun violence against women. The  World Bank calls  violence against women, a global pandemic  that affects  1 in every 3 women in their lifetime.  I feel that what happens to 100% of the population and disrupts the life of every human being, gets more attention and calls for action.

The differences , in this context, may be looked at as -

1. Corona virus affects the entire population on planet earth. Violence against women affects only half of the population on earth. 

2. Corona virus quarantines the entire population - men, women alike. Violence against women quarantines only the women in a secluded corner of the house. 

I understand that it may not be a very good idea to equate violence against women with deadly Corona virus. But lets not forget that violence against women has been  a constant pandemic phenomenon which has caused death and derangement of women over the years. Corona virus has just infested our life recently and may go from our life very soon.

What I am trying to say is that Viruses will keep coming and going But the virus of violence against women would continue to stay and would keep haunting us. 

Let our mobile phones buzz with the call to shun violence against women and young girls!!

Let the voice of mobile phone become so powerful that the world gets united in their call for No Violence against women!!

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thank u for sharing

pjames
Mar 19
Mar 19

Sadrag, I agree with your comparison of the devastation caused by the Corona virus and the destruction caused by violence against women! In fact, violence affects whole families and its impact spreads across generations. I didn't realize the World Health Organization calls violence against women a worldwide pandemic. I join you in calling for No Violence Against Women!

SADRAG
Mar 19
Mar 19

Hi Pjames,

Absolutely. And its a grave concern that we have learnt to live with the virus of violence against women as an accepted, acknowledged norm for the happiness of society. The society doe not feel that VAW is a pandemic disease, it has conditioned our minds to adjust with it.
Lets together get rid of the virus of VAW!!!

Jill Langhus
Mar 20
Mar 20

Hi Pjames,

Thanks for your supportive feedback. Welcome to World Pulse and the Encourager group, too! Looking forward to seeing more comments, and posts from you!

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Yes Jill

here is the space to pour your heart to.
with all respect to World Plus!!

Jill Langhus
Mar 21
Mar 21

Hello Mala,

How are you doing, dear? I hope you're all safe and well.

XX

Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 20
Mar 20

Dear Sadrag, yes, once I started reading your story and worries i was telling myself that the entire world is now concerned because the pandemic is affecting everyone irrespective of gender, age, and race. How I wish such strength could be mobilised to fight against violence against women

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Yes Sinyuy, you are right.

In solidarity!!
love
mala

josline
Mar 20
Mar 20

merci pour partage cette histoire

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Hi Josline,

I think you have written in french. Dying to understand what it means.

love
mala

Kika Katchunga
Mar 20
Mar 20

Hello SADRAG

Thank you very much my sister for sharing it; it’s very horrible for all that women / girl, continues to suffer, may God help us, I also join you in raising my voice by saying No violence towards the woman / girl

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Hi Kika,

thats how the world needs to come together . Its a fight which cant be won if men dont advocate for No VAW!!

love
mala

baganda
Mar 20
Mar 20

really touching the epidemic called corona virus is hurting the planet earth but thanks to the technology it is better

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Yes lets wish that technology helps women too to in their fight!

love
mala

baganda
Mar 23
Mar 23

it really helps us

Hello, dear sister Sadrag,

What a powerful post! Yes, violence against women is a global pandemic. What do we need to do to make the world listen to us? Should we also create a live counting of VAW cases online for the world to see how many women's lives are in danger every single day?

I love this comparison, dear sister. Very eye-opening. It is a great topic for discussion. Keep it up!

SADRAG
Mar 21
Mar 21

Here you are Karen

Yes we must make the global database on VAW cases
Why not!

Excellent idea. lets develop it together.

Best
mala

Yes, I hope our women tech geniuses could come up with that. :)

SADRAG
Mar 24
Mar 24

Absolutely

With global clock ticking every second, the numbers of VAWs are not just going to be alarming but worrisome for the existence of humankind.
we must work towards it.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 20
Mar 20

Dear Sandrag,
I am so very glad to read your post and agree 100%. That realization that the world governments have the ability to mobilize to stop this epidemic while we women have been told for centuries to be patient and not so selfish as to speak about the epidemic violence against women, is a conversation that is building among women I am in touch with here in my country too, and from other countries as well. We need to build on this alongside the need to end the coronavirus epidemic, especially as now many women are forced to stay inside homes with violent men. Yesterday there was an online meeting of some of the women who were scheduled to speak at the UN (a meeting that got cancelled a few weeks ago). The advantage is that they arranged to meet online and invite any of us lucky enough to find out about it, to listen in. There is a call for an international treaty vs violence against women: the Every Woman Treaty. https://everywoman.org. I hope to find out more and write soon here on World Pulse. Let's all stay in touch about this. Thank you so much for sending this out.
In sisterhood,
Tam

SADRAG
Mar 24
Mar 24

Dear Tam,
Thanks for sharing the resource link https://everywoman.org. I find it very relevant and useful. I have joined it too. I would like to remain abreast with the developments.

Once again
Thanks a lot
love
mala

Fanka
Mar 21
Mar 21

Thank you for sharing. GBV should be call for concern in the global scale.

SADRAG
Mar 24
Mar 24

Yes Fanka, there has to be a global call against VAW.

VAW is no less than Corona virus. It needs to be handled the same way the fight against Corona virus.

love
mala

Akshaya9
Mar 21
Mar 21

Hi Sadrag,
Thank you for sharing this. Be safe dear and take care.

God BLESS you

SADRAG
Mar 24
Mar 24

Thank you Akshaya

Akshaya9
Apr 07
Apr 07

Your welcome dear

valdeen shears
Mar 23
Mar 23

I couldn't have said this any better. The same energy that is placed right now on the coronavirus pandemic should be placed on speaking out and standing up against gbv globally. Oh what a day when we see thousands, millions across every ethnic groups, country standing in global university...and not just for 16 days from November to December, but everyday if needs be. I love you, Sadrag, as a sister for raising this issue now. Stay blessed.

SADRAG
Mar 24
Mar 24

Hi Valdeen,
Lets pass on the energy from one to another and create such a coalition that speaks till the objective is achieved,

NO to VAW!!!
love
mala