Around the world a staggering 1 in 3 women has experienced violence.  I chose this topic today as one of my posts as it is incredibly close to my heart. To me, it is something that is of the utmost importance to end. Seeing the worlds monuments light up in support of this cause shows us how much support is out there, and how much can be done!

Violence against women is a problem that has been hushed up since the beginning of the time. It comes in all forms and happens to women of all ages.  It needs its own awareness day so it can be broadcast to as many people as possible.

Women are abused physically, psychologically and sexually and it is a far more common problem than people realise. Many people know someone who has been affected and that is why it is so important to support this cause, to help finding solutions to this problem.

This human rights violation needs to be confronted as it impacts and impedes progress in many areas such as education, poverty eradication, peace and security.

The UN created this International day on November 25th and it kicks off 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Facts and Figures
  • ·       35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.
  • ·       An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common.
  •       Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.

So what can we do?- The White Ribbon Day Campaign!
Get the men in your life to support the White Ribbon Day Campaign!  Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, it needs as much support as ever!

 In 1991, a group of Canadian men decided they had to speak out about violence against women. Within six weeks, 100,000 Canadian men were wearing white ribbons. Now, there are white ribbon campaigns operating all around the world.

The white ribbon campaign was set up by men who won’t stand for violence against women.

They know that men mostly perpetrate violence against women. By setting up this campaign, they are refusing to condone the behaviour of their own gender and doing all they can to help.

By wearing the white ribbon, men commit a personal pledge to never condone, commit or remain silent about violence against women.

This educational organisation aims to use its volunteers to go out into communities to educate people through discussion on this topic, it supports local womens groups and raises money for the international work of the White Ribbon Campaign.

Now, I know the majority of my followers and bloggers in general seem to be female, but it is so important that we get the men in our lives involved! This campaign is for men against violence so get them involved!

More ways we can all help!

Social Media. Spreading the word on social media is an important way of getting the message out. Getting involved over social media gets as many people to notice the problem and get involved to it.

Take Action Online to Combat Woman's Rights. Sign petitions or download from these resources.

Wear your own white ribbon. Have a look at the online shop, everything from stickers to balloons that you can purchase for yourself or in bulk to raise awareness at your school, business or university!

Email your MPs and councillors. Ask them to sign the White Ribbon pledge and to do everything within their powers to eliminate violence against women.

Plan an event in your community. Show some films, set up a stall, or get someone famous in your local community to back your cause.

Support your local women's aid group. Depending on the needs of your local area you could donate your time, make a donation or attend an event. Find your local group here.

Try to help those who need help. If you know someone who needs help in an abusive situation, do all you can to convince them to contact authorities, a charity or seek any sort of help!

S x 

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