It’s the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. That’s not the only reason we’re talking about this today though. It’s the number of current stories that highlight the range of physical threats that women around still face (see links below).
We’re going to try and understand why the level of violence against women in all forms remains so high. Is it because of a lack of education, a lack of legal measures to stop it, or a willingness among some women to tolerate it?
The latter point may be offensive to some of you, but it remains a belief held in some quarters.
We’d like to hear if violence against women has affected your life, if attitudes in your country are changing, and if measures taken to rexcue it have been effective.
Also, are there some circumstances when violence against women can be justified? Is treatment of women a Western pre-occupation? (Again I ask as I know some people would argue that it is.)
Some recent stories…..
* Arrests over acid attack on Afghan schoolgirls
* New laws to prevent forced marriages in the UK
* UN announces US$19 Million in Grants for 23 Projects in 29 Countries to End Violence Against Women
* 13 year old girl stoned to death in Somalia earlier this month
*Report on violence against women out today in Nigeria