The Fight for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—Our Responsibility

Letter From the Editor | Issue #2

Equality

26.11.2020

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Victoria Waething

Wednesday the 25th of November was the International Day for the Eimination of Violence Against Women.

Gut-wrenching stories, along with strong voices and activists from all over the world are everywhere to be found. It is devastating—horrible in every sense of the word, to see exactly how much violence there is against women globally.  

I was first introduced to the horrific concept of partner violence when I read the book my mother wrote from the women’s shelter in Norway in 1982. She was not a victim herself, but a journalist faced with the overwhelming secrecy and shame in relations to domestic violence against women, and decided to tell their story. 

While living in Italy, I discovered that the dire situation for women and domestic violence was close to the one we had in Norway forty years ago. One exacerbating factor is the financial oppression makes it even more difficult for women to leave an abuser if they do not have financial independence.  

It is incredibly multifaceted, and we must combat every aspect of it. According to UN Women, violence against women will manifest itself as physical, sexual and psychological, encompassing intimate partner violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation and child marriage.  

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner. 
  • Emerging data show an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in many countries since the outbreak of Covid-19. 
  • Only 52% of women married or in a union, freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care. 
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited. 

Despite these devastating numbers, there are inspiring women with a voice and an influence, standing up for equal right and to end violence against women all over social media. However, to end violence against women, we also need the men to fight together with us.  

In an equal society women and men will have the same possibilities and rights—and not live in fear of gender-based violence of any kind. 

In this edition of Insight, we have interviewed men having 50 % women or more in their businesses, Lasse Bruruok at Bookis and Jo Egil Tobiassen of Northern Playground. Our inspiring voices Yvonne Thompson, Phumza Dyani and Mireia Cano are giving their perspective on challenges that women are faced with every day.  

Please enjoy our latest edition.  

Be inspired, be involved – and take action! 

Victoria Waething
Editor in Chief
SHE Community’s Insight Magazine