We have long being debating that violence against women is unacceptable, over the years there have been so many initiatives undertaken by both governments as well as development agencies to ensure that the woman in our homes, walking on the streets or working late hours in the office are safe from any kind of violence. But with the changing times violence against women has also taken up new shapes and forms.
The woman today who is educated, runs homes as well as business units, still faces so many forms of violence. Most of the time she doesn’t realize that this was not how she was supposed to be treated by her male counterpart or sometimes her very own family members. The violence is not just against the integrity of their body but also against their dignity and mental wellbeing which leaves her disturbed all the more.
Recently United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki-Moon in his message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women said, “Violence against women and girls imposes to large-scale costs on families, communities and economies.” In his message he explained that any form of violence affects the both the personal as well as working lifestyles of the woman which then impacts her ability to earn, consequently the burden shifts on her family and she becomes more vulnerable to live in an abusive relationship.
Paris Accord when turns into a reality
There are many causes of why even today women are subjected to violence, but if we analyze them, most of these causes will end on the premise that even today men and women are not treated equally. The long history of these inequalities still affect the behavior of many of us.
According to a UN study, on average, men with gender discriminatory attitudes were 42 percent more likely to abuse their partners. These attitudes which are subtle in the beginning slowly graduate to violent behavior. Any violence is not just a human right violation but also a hindrance the progress of 2030 Agenda.
Closer home in India, the situation is grim. A latest research by ActionAid says that more than 10 women in India which is around 41% have been a victim of violence even before then hit the age of 19 and in that 6% of them face it before the age of 10. Correspondingly the figures of Brazil, UK and Thailand are 16%, 12% and 8%. India every year registers alarming numbers of cases of rape, honour killing, acid attack, domestic violence among others. The strake realities of the brutal gang rape-cum-murder of a physiotherapy student in New Delhi in 2012 still lingers our consciousness.
Taking cognizance of the same, the government had undertaken a number of initiatives to ensure that women in India feel safe. But what still troubles most of us is, have these initiatives brought change in the ground reality.