International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

TW: Rape// 25th November was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The elimination of violence against women is one of the more significant problems to be tackled with regard to gender equality – according to multiple sources, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and sexual violence (mostly by an intimate partner) and almost 70 percent of the women in some countries report having been abused by an intimate partner. This problem also persists in many developed countries, even Singapore and more than 30 other countries, where marital rape is yet to be criminalised. About 200 million young girls worldwide have had to undergo female genital mutilation, child marriage and sexual harassment, and in many developing countries, female infanticide is still a tradition. Evidently, there is not enough being done to address these problems and gender-based violence is still deeply rooted in many societies and countries.

It’s so, so important that we use the resources and privilege that we have to help eliminate gender-based violence through raising awareness of the prevalence of this issue and continuing to lobby the government for the criminalisation of marital rape to protect victims from any further harassment because societal norms, religious beliefs, etc., are of little importance compared to people being stripped of rights that they are unreservedly entitled to. Marriage is not an institution that automatically gives people the right to violate their spouse regardless of whether consent was given.

Please, please continue to spread awareness of this issue and help protect those who have experienced abuse from further violation of their rights. If you know anyone who has experienced abuse or are personally a victim, please call AWARE at 1800 774 5935 if you’re comfortable or share the problem with someone you trust.

You can visit http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/behind-closed-doors-rape/2958110.html to find out more about Singapore’s stance on marital rape and refer to the following resources to learn more about gender-based violence.

Resources:

Female Genital Mutilation: http://www.unfpa.org/female-genital-mutilation

Gender-based violence: http://www.unfpa.org/gender-based-violence

Child marriage: http://www.unfpa.org/child-marriage

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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