Stop violence against women

event November 18, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

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The Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation and J. Walter Thompson Bangkok jointly launch “Home…is not a Boxing Ring”, a VDO ad that campaigns for #PickYourFight and marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.

Since 1981, campaigns have been launched to end of violence against women. So, how much has been achieved. On the positive side, the number of countries enforcing laws against domestic violence has increased to 127 today from just seven about 25 years ago. Still, it should be noted that there are as many as 173 nations in the world and “laws” alone cannot prevent violence against women. This article is going to expose the shocking extent of ramifications, in various dimensions, from the violence against women. 

How can we end the violence?”

Violence against women does not hurt just direct victims but also all other people in the society, regardless of their age or gender. Violence has deeply shaken people’s attitudes towards living, equality and even national economy. When abused physically or emotionally, a woman has recorded poorer work performance and lower income. Statistics show the regular income of women being abused by their partners is 60 per cent less than that of women who are not exposed to abuse. As a result, abused women generally have a lower social status. They cannot fully join social activities. In worst cases, domestic violence leads to homicides or suicides.

The wounds from domestic violence naturally spread to the children of the abused women too. Witnessing domestic violence during their childhood, they have tendency to develop emotional and behavioural problems. These children all risk committing serious crimes in the future. Children born to abused mothers have a higher risk of dying from diarrhoea or malnutrition at a young age too, because their mothers are not perfectly fit –physically and emotionally – to give their children the best care

Violence against women has also posed national problems. It takes a massive amount of money to heal abused women, after all. Direct cost is clearly visible in healthcare, social-welfare, judicial, consultancy and other related services. But indirectly, there are huge impacts on the country’s economy as well. Women suffering at the hand of violence have lost opportunities for education and employment while their country has lost otherwise quality labour. In some countries, the goal to fight poverty falters under the weight of violence issues. Research shows expenses incurred by violence against women are equivalent to two per cent of the total gross domestic products in the world. The amount, about US$1.5trillion is two times the size of the Canadian economy. The price of violence against women indeed is even higher than what a civil war costs.

As impacts from domestic violence spread far and wide, organisations across the globe have a good reason to campaign for the end of violence against women on a regular basis. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to completely change people’s attitudes. It is high time everyone understood that violence against women is not normal. Neither it is a family affair or results from the women’s fault. Violence against women constitutes a social problem.

The Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation had monitored domestic-violence cases in 2016 via 13 newspapers namely Thai Rath, Daily News, Khaosod, Kom Chad Luek, Naewna, Thai Post, Krungthep Turakij, Ban Muang, Siam Rath, Pim Thai, Manager Daily and Post Today. The monitoring found 466 news reports on domestic violence. Of them, 71.8 per cent were crimes committed by husbands against wives. In addition, alcohol consumption is the biggest stimulus for sexual violence, accounting for 33.3 per cent of the violent cases. Killings account for 21.2 per cent while physical assaults account for 14.8 per cent. News reports reveal in 78.6 per cent of reported spousal murders, husbands kill wives because of jealousy or wives’ refusal to get back together. This report on domestic-violence situation comes under the title “Violence KILLS a Family” and goes deep into the root causes of violence against women.

According to the report, “patriarchal attitudes” have turned “home” into a “boxing ring”. While jealousy is a key cause, drugs and alcohol consumption prove significant stimuli.