Intimina is marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women this 25th of November. This important UN hosted day is all about preventing, eliminating and raising awareness about any and all kinds of violence towards women.
The fact that 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner is horrific and should make us all stop and look around.
Those are our mothers, sisters, friends, coworkers, aunts, nieces and every third woman we meet in public transport or in a supermarket.
But, violence against women is not only based on sexual assault. In that realm, there are also (UNFORTUNATELY) harassments of all kinds, human trafficking, and child marriage. Nuances are different, but the aftermath is the same – frightened and insecure women and girls around the globe, or even worse, some of them are finishing their lives tragically.
The first and the most important thing we all can do is to raise our voices. We need to speak about every little questionable approach, word or action towards women. Awareness should start individually and then it should be spreading on local, national, international and global conscious.
Educating young girls is a crucial part of this fight we all are a part of. Secondly, after speaking our hearts out, we should listen. Even when the words are not present.
There are many tell-tell signs you could easily recognize in women in your surroundings. Being supportive, being gentle and knowing the importance of support is the best way to go. Lastly but not important, the world should be aware that hate doesn’t help.
Nobody says there should be hatred-built attitudes toward men – there are many of them who are being protective and vocal, and everybody should raise their boys to be like that.
Intimina is all about female empowerment, but we stand for all basic human rights. This is why we’re inviting you to speak up, take a stand and fight for yourself and for all the women in your life who are not strong enough. Yet.
(If you know about any kind of violence towards women, call dedicated national hotline or police.)