Global Epidemic of Violence against Women

Published: 2015-08-10 2:30 PM | Yesgulf

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UN (United Nations) defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

Nature of vicious acts against female gender may vary from domestic violence to women trafficking, sexual slavery, honor killings, forced marriage and female genital mutilation but it is not a new phenomenon.  Violence against women is not limited to a certain culture, ethnicity or time period. This dilemma is centuries old and today, it has turned into a global epidemic.

Despite what majority of people believe about women’s equality, and its progress in many societies, statistics tell entirely a different story. There is a big gap in the people’s assumption and genuine facts.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), 1 in 3 women worldwide experience violence-sexual or physical, most to be expected from her intimate partner.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/20/health/global-violence-women/

Legislation exists in every country to protect women rights but seldom implemented with readiness. In fact, the individuals in charge of protecting a female humiliate and harm her in different inhuman ways but remain off the hook.

Great number of women from around the world is facing ruthless and unjust behavior in personal to professional life. Women have been the victims of coercive and assaultive conduct since ages and in all cultures, societies and even the religious communities across the globe.

Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan said that “Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions”

Celebs Working For Women’s Rights as Feminists:

I am not much a celebrity stalker, but many of them have become hero for using their presence to promote global awareness about human rights in general and rights of women in particular.

Not only the females, but many male stars are also the part of this insight. They do not hesitate to be called ‘feminists’ as they raise voice favoring the full equality for women and protecting their eternal privileges.

Enlisted here are some international Celebs working hard to bring change in the world and to make it a safe home for women.

Dustin Hoffman:
Out of all, Dustin Hoffman is my personal favorite actor for his great portrayal as a feminist. In spite of everything, a feminist is just a person believing that women should have the equal and same opportunities as for men.

He became a big scoop of the top world celebrity news as he turned into a feminist in early 80’s. This all began with his film ‘Tootsie’ wherein he dressed-up in drag.

Prince Harry:

Prince harry shines as one of the biggest advocates for equal human rights. In London, At Chime for Change Event, he delivered an influential and sincere message regarding rights of women.  

“Thank you for showing your support for women’s rights…We know that when women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them-their families, their communities, and their countries.” He mentioned.

The young royal also said that men need to recognize their part and real ones treat the women with dignity and respect.

Angelina Jolie:

Not all the women are feminist just as not all the men are misogynist. Angelina Jolie is the one, always in attendance, to combat the scourge of violence against young girls and women.

She often remains in top celeb news because of her social work for less fortunate children and women. I love her for the efforts she is making to spotlight the sexual violence against female gender.

Ian Somerhalder:

The bad-boy of Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is a good-man in actual life. He strongly condemns the sexual and domestic ferocity faced by women all over the world. He joined the ‘Real Man’ campaign of Women’s Aid national to send out the message worldwide that “Real Men do not abuse and control women-physically, sexually, emotionally, or financially.”  

He took part in this awareness campaign to spread great message that genuine men do not offend or manipulate their partners. He thinks, it is far too easy to forget all those women living their lives in the fear of domestic violence. In such a tragic situation, men’s important role is to oppose the violence against women.

In my opinion analysis, he is a super-cool feminist man who does not pause when asked to support women’s rights and is not guilty to be taken as ‘feminist’.

Gordon Ramsay:

Raised in a troubled family, led by an abusive father, Chef Gordon Ramsay in 2005 became the ambassador of Women’s Aid charity aiming to put domestic violence against women to an end.

Violence against women is the topic too close to Ramsay’s heart because he watched his mother facing this predicament.

These celebrities who openly speak out for vigilance against female gender might enlarge your perception. This is the right reason to follow celebrities for something moral and not for their clothes and makeup.

We exist in the age of technology and advancement; therefore, we all must play our part to stop cold-hearted acts particularly related to women and young girls. Governments should also fulfill their responsibilities to end this epidemic in both public and private spheres by adopting and implementing necessary laws.

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