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.
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.
It is appalling that as a society we apparently believe that violence towards women is acceptable. I also find it reprehensible that sexist remarks and attitudes are again becoming the norm. It is well acknowledged that there is a link between racism and race-related violence or homophobia and homophobic-related violence. It is about time that we drew attention to the connection that exists between sexism and violence against women.
When people make decisions that greatly improve the wellbeing of women and children who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, I feel we are getting somewhere as a community.
I believe we are here to be the best version of ourselves that we can be – and to improve the lives of others around us. Violence is never an acceptable choice, whether it be verbal, physical, psychological, cultural or lateral. We are all part of multiple communities; it’s our responsibility to challenge violence and bullying.