She is another man’s mother, daughter or sister. Everyone deserves to have a home that is safe, especially children. A real man is the one who protects his family and controls himself at the time of anger.
Whenever I meet women survivors or defenders of women’s rights, I am uplifted and inspired to engage – I cannot let them down. It will be our numbers and our voices as women that will change the world.
I can only hope that in my young daughter’s lifetime, she will witness and benefit from true equality between men and women, and an end to violence against women and girls – in all its forms.
By collaborating with key partners, we work to ensure that all women experiencing domestic violence are supported and empowered. Together we send a clear message: violence against women is never acceptable.
Exposure to domestic violence sets up a snowball effect . . . as it continues rolling, it gathers debris, becomes bigger and more dangerous, potentially causing damage to anything that it touches. When it finally comes to a standstill, the snowball still encases all the debris it has gathered along the way.
Violence is the inappropriate use of power. Power is not bad in itself. However when it is used inappropriately, as in violence against women, it is important that people with positional power use it to change behaviour and attitudes.