It is every woman’s human right to live a life free of sexual assault and domestic violence. However, if she is subjected to any form of violence, it is equally her right to receive compassionate assistance in her recovery and full redress for the crime through the criminal justice system.
Only you know every action you have ever taken. I want to go to sleep each night at peace with myself, harbouring as few regrets as possible, knowing I have done my best to contribute to a peaceful, compassionate, creative and sustainable local and global community. If you, too, want this kind of a world, then you will not accept the institutionalised discrimination and continued devaluing of girls and women.
I witnessed firsthand sexual violence and brutal exploitation of women and girls in armed conflicts. We must break the silence surrounding this issue so women can be seen, heard and be counted. It is our universal responsibility to give women a voice and space so they can develop their own strategies to end this violence.