Breaking the cycle of Violence against Women
After writing about Charlie and Anne and responding to a number of comments on Twitter, Facebook and here I discovered that this story is not that uncommon.
This video states that 90% of Kenyan women are abused from childhood – and 60 % are in abusive marriages/relationships.
Seeing the burned victim of domestic abuse will stay tattooed in my brain forever.
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) launched the global advocacy initiative Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, which will stimulate, count and showcase actions on ending violence against women. The innovative platform will spotlight global efforts and demonstrate the groundswell of support and actions on the issue.
I’ve taken on action to end violence againsg women – by simply being there for my friend Anne to deal with her abusive partner and of course writing this blog. I’ve recorded my action on UNiFem’s website here .
Speak out on violence against women – call into your favourite radio show, write a blog, send your friends, emails
Spend an hour with your son, nephew, brother, father, grandfather, friend and talk about domestic violence
Support a victim of domestic violence (your grandmother, mother, sister, lover, friend, aunt, niece)
Talk to the abuser – help him realise it’s just not acceptable
If you have ever been an abuser – call your victim and apologise from the depths of your heart and promise to never ever ever do it again. Get help if you haven’t already.
Share the commitment you have made on UNiFEM website – it’ll only take a few moments.
I can’t find a single web based resource that women in Kenya can turn to to tell them what their rights are, and what actions to take in the event of abuse. Any help would be much appreciated. Once we have it we need to share it through mobile phone. Maybe we can save some of these women.
Love your woman tomorrow it’s White Ribbon day!
– All you men out there, show your commitment to end violence against women – wear a white ribbon today and spoil your woman rotten, with a massage, breakfast in bed, a bubble bath and cook her a loving meal.
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