Time to eliminate violence against women
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. “This is a violation of women’s human rights, and it concerns all of us – women and men alike” says Jenny Enarsson, gender advisor at Diakonia.
Around 120 million girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives and one in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually from their own partner.
“This is a violation of women’s human rights, and it concerns all of us – women and men alike. The UN’s former Secretary General Kofi Annan was right when he said that as long as this continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace,” says Jenny Enarsson, gender advisor at Diakonia.
Still much to be done
Diakonia works for women’s rights and agains gender based violence in many different ways. Still there is much to be done to guarantee safety for women. There is a need for good legislation, and for it to be implemented – something which is still missing in many countries. And there is a need for resources and services for survivors.
“But most of all we need to make a change in attitudes, because at the end of the day this is about power and how we see each other”, says Jenny Enarsson.
Hard work for change
She also wants to use this day to acknowledge the work done by women´s movements all over the world every day to put an end to violence against women.
“It is their hard work that has prompted every change in legislation, every invested dollar and the general public’s every change in awareness and attitude when it comes to this issue. It’s also incredibly hopeful to see more and more men joining this struggle and getting involved to end violence against women.”