During the African Union’s meeting in South Africa,Angelina Jolie speaking about women’s rights said “We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women,focused on women,executed by women-not at the expense of men,or instead of men but alongside and with men.”
As the world commemorates, the 16 days of activism for non violence against women and children campaign.You can’t help but wonder to if this initiative has been effective.Since about 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner or non-partner.A survey conducted in Swaziland suggests that one in every three female Swazis has experienced some form of sexual violence before turning 18 and two out three aged 18 to 24!An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation all in the name of ‘tradition’.There are also adult women for almost half of all human trafficking victims globally.More than 700 million women today were married as children!
We can go on and on!It’s sickening to think that this is the world we live in.Women are seen as objects than actual people.Men blatantly brag about sleeping with 5 year olds!Girls are being trafficked and their virginities are being sold,while other women are being sold off as brides in foreign countries.I guess this is it, 16 days of utter nonsense!
Our male counterparts fail to respect or to the least appreciate that women are people too.Not objects!Or some sex toy! To prove their disregard atleast five women were brutally killed during the 16 days.The socio- pathic actions couldn’t wait for another maybe a 100 years or maybe stop completely?!
Before anyone starts pointing fingers at how women are to blame!Everyone is responsible for their actions.The fact that women are physically weaker does not warrant the psychological torture inflicted on us daily.”We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women…”It’s about time things change.
“In 1995,close to 20 years ago,189 governments came together in Beijing.They adopted a platform for Action that spelled out key strategies to end violence against women,empower women and achieve gender equality.The promises from 20 years ago are still valid today.Together we must make 2015 the year that marks the beginning of the end of gender inequality.Now is the time for action.”
-UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka