Together We Fight, Together We Walk for No More Violence Against Women!
The 25th of November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. A day issued in 1993 by The United Nations Assembly to help end violence against women worldwide.
This year, the UN commemorates 2022 with the theme UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls. November 25th marks the launch of the UNiTE campaign—an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on International Human Rights Day on December 10th. This campaign is all about calling for global action, and Lh is here to join the fight through awareness!
What Does Violence Against Women Look Like Today?
On the cusp of evolution and democracy, we live in an era where women such as Mahsa Amini become martyrs. Where girls like Malala Yousafzai become the voice of education for girls when they themselves are forced to grow up faster than any other girl their age.
The countless cases of #MeToo and the women who are literally dragged on the ground just for being a woman.
It is scary to think the luck of being born in another country is our privilege to not have to endure such attacks on our liberty. Ours as the group of women we are.
Simone de Beauvoir said it best, “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”. The discovery of who we are and how we express that is personal for all of us. Having to fight for simply existing is a violation of humanity.
The coercion and brutal force used through conservative ideas mark the everyday life of many women around the globe. This problem did not begin in 1993.
The wrongful murder of Mahsa Amini shows the consequence of not abiding by a criminal’s rule. She didn’t cover her hair. A sinful act, so it seems. An act so sinful it brought many women to cut their own hair in alliance with us.
We can unhappily say that speaking about this issue will be forever relevant until the day any type of violence against women ends.
We have the weight of history on our backs every time we walk a mile because many others stomp on our progress.
We constantly fight and defend ourselves against unrealistic concepts built around the female gender to ensure the prevalence of another.
However, all of us also know we are more than gender and sex; we are human beings. We, as every citizen, know right from wrong and walk together to bring freedom to people who see it being taken away from them every day.
Use this day to pay homage. Do not look the other way. Even when you see the news with yet another attack, yet another video, yet another proof our job is not done.
Today we celebrate ourselves by fighting for us!
Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women HERE, and never stop being an active voice in your society!