Violence prevents access to political and economic opportunities, both of which are central to overcoming women’s marginalisation from decision-making and to increasing their economic power.
Several weeks ago a colleague was surprised when I wrote to him that violence against women is an integral component of poverty reduction. “Is this an ideological position or literally true?” he asked me.
Poverty is about power and unequal power relations lie at the heart of violence, whether suffered in the home or outside, during conflict or times of “peace”. The link between violence and poverty seems self-evident to me. But prompted by his reaction, I set out on the task of finding a “factual” basis for my claim.
We come up against violence against women and girls in every aspect of our programming work.
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- Commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (cimorene.com)
- An International Day to End The Violence Against Women (vdaypetaluma.org)
- 7 in 10 women and girls are victims of violence (girlsglobe.org)
- Taking a Stand to End Violence Against Women (bijeshmishra.wordpress.com)
- ‘Law enforcement agencies are not helping fight violence against women’ (thehindu.com)
- Society should protect women, girls (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Malaysia’s PM calls for end to violence against women (bikyamasr.com)