According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, “growing up in a violent home may be a terrifying and traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life, growth and development. . . . children who have been exposed to family violence suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and were at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.”
Journée Internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes : L’Union interparlementaire engage les gouvernements, les parlements et les organisations non gouvernementales à organiser des activités pour sensibiliser l’opinion publique au problème de la violence contre les femmes, notamment à l’occasion de la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, célébrée le 25 novembre de chaque année. Résolution de l’UIP, 114ème Assemblée, 12 mai 2006,paragraphe 6
Since 1999, the United Nations has set aside November 25 as a day to draw attention to global efforts to combat against violence against women. Most countries in the Western World have decided to honor this day by publishing articles and statistics in national newspapers. Some sobering statistics:
- nearly half of all women in the world are victims of spousal abuse
- more than 1 million female babies in China are killed at birth
- a woman is raped every 6 minutes in the United States
- one of every 7 women in the United Kingdom are raped by a male acquaitance
- every month in France 6 women will lose their lives due to domestic violence
- and the list goes on….
Calling attention to these facts is the best way to combat them. Refusing to accept that half of the world population is subservient and unequal by joining a feminist organization is another way. NOW (the American National Organization for Women) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. It has 500,000 members and 550 chapters or offices in all 50 states in addition to the District of Columbia. It was founded in 1966 at the cusp of the women’s liberation movement in order to bring about equality for all women in the workplace, schools, the justice system, at home and in all other sectors of society where women can and should play a vital role as an equal member of society. NOW also tries to bring about an end to all forms of violence against women, to eliminate racism, provide birth control and secure reproductive rights, sexism and homophobia with the aim of creating a more just and equal society for all. I invite all of my readers to watch the following United Nations video published on YouTube November 22, 2013. All I can say is…Yes We Can!!
And this is the United Nations pledge that we can all adhere to in order to achieve these goals: