From Awareness to Action: Combating Gender-Based Violence Together May 8, 2024

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“1 woman killed every 4 days in Australia” is one of the headlines you don’t want to read in the news but unfortunately, this has been one of the many news titles that Australians have been reading lately. According to data compiled by the campaign group Destroy the Joint, 27 women have been killed in the first 119 days of 2024, with men alleged to have been involved in their deaths.

The concerning statistics are compelling the nation's citizens to demand that the government take swift action to ensure the safety of women. To amplify the pressure, several cities in Australia have taken to the streets to join the national movement calling for an end to gender-based violence (GBV) and to mourn the tragic loss of women's lives at the hands of men.

You might wonder how you can contribute to a cause, even if you are far away from it. For us, the answer is simple; you can talk about it, create a blog, share news on social media, or discuss it with friends. Gender-based violence is a sensitive topic, and none of us are safe from it. It can happen at any time, so it's always the right time to raise awareness about it

What we need to know about gender-based violence #

According to the European Union, gender-based violence encompasses various forms of violence perpetrated against women, men, or children within the same domestic unit. While women and girls often bear the brunt of GBV, its impact extends beyond individual victims to affect families and entire communities.

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It’s crucial to underscore that every act of violence against women constitutes a violation of their fundamental human rights and represents a manifestation of gender-based discrimination. This includes not only physical harm but also sexual, psychological, and economic forms of violence, each causing immense suffering for women.

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Understanding what gender-based violence entails is paramount in our efforts to combat this pervasive issue. By recognizing the different forms it can take, we can better address its root causes and implement effective prevention strategies. From advocating for legislative reforms to supporting survivors and promoting gender equality, there are various steps individuals and communities can take to combat GBV.

Starting from our homes, we can foster environments of respect and equality, where violence against women is never tolerated. By challenging harmful gender norms and promoting healthy relationships built on mutual respect and consent, we can contribute to building a safer and more equitable society for all.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Gender-Based Violence #

Preventing gender-based violence requires a multifaceted approach that addresses underlying societal norms and behaviors while equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills, and resources to protect themselves and support others. The following preventive measures offer practical strategies for avoiding potentially dangerous situations and promoting safety and respect for all.

  • Stay Informed: Educate yourself about the warning signs of gender-based violence and familiarize yourself with resources and support services available in your community. Knowledge is power, and being informed can help you recognize and respond to potential risks.

  • Set Boundaries: Establish and communicate clear boundaries with others regarding what behavior is acceptable and what is not. Don't hesitate to assert your boundaries and advocate for your own safety and well-being.

  • Develop Safety Plans: Proactively develop safety plans for various situations, such as going out alone at night or attending social events. Identify safe routes, establish check-in procedures, and have a plan for how to respond in emergencies.

  • Build Support Networks: Cultivate a supportive network of friends, family members, and trusted individuals whom you can turn to for help and support if needed. Having a strong support system can provide emotional and practical support during challenging times.

  • Challenge Gender Norms: Challenge traditional gender norms and stereotypes that contribute to gender-based violence. Promote gender equality, respect, and consent in all aspects of life, and speak out against sexism, misogyny, and discrimination.

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Let’s take a stand against gender-based violence #

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As we confront the sobering reality of gender-based violence in our communities, it's essential to recognize that each of us has a role to play in effecting positive change. The recent headlines highlighting the tragic loss of lives to gender-based violence serve as a stark reminder of the urgency of this issue and the need for collective action.

By raising awareness and speaking out against gender-based violence, we can help break the cycle of silence and stigma surrounding this issue. Together, we can create a culture of accountability, respect, and support where everyone feels safe and valued. Let's stand in solidarity with survivors, amplify their voices, and work towards a future where gender-based violence is no longer tolerated.

Do you want to share your experience? Send us an email to hello@helpyoufind.me and together take a stand against gender-based violence. We can make a difference!

Written by
Vanessa Martínez

Vanessa Martínez

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