What is Gendered Violence?
Gendered Violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality, and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. Gendered Violence is violence directed against a person because of their gender. Both women and men experience gendered violence but the majority of victims are women and girls.
How does gendered violence start?
Gendered Violence occurs as a result of normative role expectations and
unequal power relationships between genders in a society. The expectations associated with different genders vary from society to society and over time.
What is the impact of gendered violence?
Gender-based violence has significant impact at the individual level,
with victims suffering from physical and mental effects, loss of earnings and increased healthcare costs.
10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic.
- Listen to and believe survivors
- Teach the next generation and learn from them
- Call for responses and services fit for purpose
- Understand consent
- Learn the signs of abuse and how you can help
- Start a conversation
- Stand against rape culture
- Fund women’s organizations
- Hold each other accountable
- Know the data and demand more of it
In conclusion, I would like emphasizethat sexual violence poses an obstacle to peace and security. It impedeswomen from participating in peace and democratic processes and in post- conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. As a tool of war it can become a way of life: once entrenched in the fabric of society, it lingers long after the guns have fallen silent. Many women lose their health, livelihoods, husbands, families and support networks as a result of rape. This, in turn, can shatter the structures that anchor community values, and with that disrupt their transmission to future generations.
Children accustomed to acts of rape can grow into adults who accept such acts as the norm. This vicious cycle must stop, as we cannot accept a selective zero-tolerance policy.