DAKILA STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
November 25, 2011
For many years, women have fought for gender equality and their rightful place in society. And in the past decade or so, it has been said that women have gained leverage from where they stood half a century ago. Today, there are more women presidents leading their countries; CEO’s leading their companies; engineers building infrastructures. As things that were deemed solely for men have now become accessible to women, we cannot deny that indeed, women have come a long way.
But how much equality has really been given to women in this society? Is gender equality really almost achieved as seen by many or are all these just a façade of where women stand in society? How far have women really gone?
We say women have gone far but one thing has not changed over the years – violence against women. This continues to haunt women all over the world. Violence against women such as rape, human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence are still things women have to fear.
When will women feel safe walking home alone at night? When will a woman be able to assert herself without fear that her husband will hit her? When will women stop being violated? Violence against women only shows how much women are being valued – and it’s not that high. Women continue to be objectified and assaulted. Only if and when the fear of violence against women has ceased can we say that women have gained respect and that we have come close to gender equality.
Time and again, women have proven their importance in every aspect of society – from building the family to building the nation. Dakila calls the end to violence against women. We call for our society to allow women to live without fear for it is only when they live fearlessly can they truly grow. And only when women have grown can we truly move forward and develop as a nation.
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- Violence against women: club culture | Editorial (guardian.co.uk)
- Violence against women is endemic to our sick culture (changingwomen.org)
- Govt committed to enhancing status of women: Gilani (nation.com.pk)
- 16 Days of Activism: Will you be wearing your white ribbon? (africanfeminism.wordpress.com)
- The high price of male silence on violence against women (thepunch.com.au)