Author: Julia Atiyeh

Take Action against Gender-Based Violence this Season

Many of us look forward to the holydays – to lighting candles, traditional food and spending time with friends and family. But the higher economic burden following the mandatory spending on food, gifts and decorations and the pressure of living up to the perfect-holyday-expectations put strains on the household. The risk of domestic violence is higher during the holyday season and for women already experiencing violence at home, the holydays bring with them a promise of increased plague. Numbers presented by UN women reveal that one out of three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. In some countries the numbers are as high as 70 percent. Violence against women is an urgent global problem. Whether or not domestic violence occurs in your home or in any other home you know about, gender based violence is your concern. The reason is simply that gender based violence (GBV) is not just violence but rather gender based. It’s a kind of violence that belongs to the social structure of male hierarchy and is …