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Invisible Victims: Sexual Violence against Men in the Great Lakes - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Invisible Victims: Sexual Violence against Men in the Great Lakes  - Democratic Republic of the Congo | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

While it is tragic that there is a pandemic of violence, especially sexual violence, against women and girls across the world, it is important to recognize that sexual violence against men is also an issue to be addressed.

 

The issue of sexual violence against men "has received considerably less publicity and examination". This because there is still a stigma attached to male rape in many societies.

 

There are only a few organizations that offer help to male victims.

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KAIROS Women of Courage: Angelina Ipong

"Prison walls, iron bars & barbed wire can only imprison the body but not our minds, our thoughts, and what we stand for."

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Let's rid SA of this GBV curse

Let's rid SA of this GBV curse | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Ending the international crisis of gender-based violence must start at a basic level. That is, we must educate our children, especially our sons, that any form of violence and disrepect against women is wrong. 

 

If we don't we end up with stories like this:

 

"Gender-based violence, lately involving teenage boys, is a disconcerting blight on the country. Examples include the sexual attack by seven teenage boys on a 17-year-old mentally ill girl"

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Men must take lead in gender based Violence

Men must take lead in gender based Violence | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it
The South African National Men’s Sector said men should take a lead in programmes that are tailored to eliminate gender based violence against women, children and people with disabilities.

 

This snippet states what we all must understand - men must take a greater role in moving discussion of gender-based violence to the forefront.

 

While the article address GBV in South Africa, the idea applies to any country or community.

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Domestic violence affects the LGBTI community too

Domestic violence affects the LGBTI community too | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Domestic violence does not only affect women, it can affect men too. But it is also important to acknowledge that is a serious problem in the LGBTI community as well.

 

Remember, "domestic or family violence is not limited to acts of physical or sexual violence, but can include many other forms of verbal, emotional, psychological, financial and social abuse."

 

"Numerous studies have indicated that rates of domestic violence within the LGBTI community are similar to those in the broader community."

 

In addition to the stigma often associated with domestic violence, we may fear the homophobia or transphobia associated with having to come out in order to disclose our situation.

 

By brining light to the fact that anyone can be affected by domestic violence will help to open discussion and dialog to move towards viable solutions.

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Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe - Huffington Post (blog)

Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe - Huffington Post (blog) | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe

 

Under all the emotions that accompany reading about so many cases and instances of violence against women, it is nice to read about women doing positive things for a change.

 

 

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One woman really can make a difference

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Gender-based violence appalling, abominable

Gender-based violence appalling, abominable | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

This article discusses the fact that little progress has actually been made in the fight against domestic violence.

 

"Years of condemnation and criminalisation have done little to ease the pain and suffering caused by what is now popularly known as gender-based violence – GBV, for short."

 

Violence against women and girls are still prevalent in every society. It is important to point out that while violence against women and girls is the primary definition of gender-based violence, they are not the only victims of GBV.

 

However, all is not lost:

 

"The last decade saw the UN and a growing number of governments view GBV as a human rights issue, with a 1993 declaration by the world body stating that such violence was “one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position”."

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Managing Gender-based Violence Programmes in Emergencies

Managing Gender-based Violence Programmes in Emergencies | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

I am going to go through this e-course to gain a deeper understanding of issues of gender-based violence. 

 

 

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WVU community strives to put an end to rape, domestic violence - Daily Athenaeum

WVU community strives to put an end to rape, domestic violence - Daily Athenaeum | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

"WVU community strives to put an end to rape, domestic violence"

 

"The Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center hosted the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Hazel Ruby-McQuain park. At the event, male volunteers walked a mile wearing high heels to spread awareness about gender-based violence."

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Call for men to change mindsets to combat gender-based violence - IPPmedia

"Call for men to change mindsets to combat gender-based violence. Gender violence, including battering, un official divorces, disrespect and humiliation of couples may take time to eliminate."

 

While it may take time to eliminate, we have to start somewhere. I believe that somehere is by teaching men, and especially boys to change how they feel about women. Teach them to love, respect, share, and not resort to violence.

 

 

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Colombia – Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) - Supporting moves to prevent gender-based violence

Colombia – Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) - Supporting moves to prevent gender-based violence | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it
The majority of the women attending the programme are heads of households; many have no high school education and some have experienced sexual and gender-based violence in the home and in the wider community.

 

"The United Nations in Colombia reports that in areas where armed combatants are present, some 17 per cent of women have suffered some form of sexual violence, including rape or sexual harassment. In 2009, Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognized the different and disproportionate impact that armed conflict has on women."

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The Gender-based Violence And HIV Connection

The Gender-based Violence And HIV Connection | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it
Physical violence or the threat of physical violence and coercion are all associated with HIV transmission.

 

 

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WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women

WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Here is an article that shares some startling statiscs based on a study done by the World Health Organization.

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Domestic violence requires highest national attention − U.S. ...

Domestic violence requires highest national attention − U.S. ... | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

"United States Ambassador to Guyana D Brent Hardt on Wednesday said that the scourge of domestic violence merits the highest level of national attention as he addressed the launching of the National Conversation on Conversation on domestic violence at the International Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown"

 

According to him, the level of domestic violence has intensified. 

 

“When women are abused, the abuse has socio-economic effects on all of society: it undermines gender equality, affects public health, hinders education of young people, and leaves lasting psychological scars on children who witness the abuse, often creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Gender-based violence is a global pandemic that cuts across all borders and all races, socio-economic groups, and religions. We must therefore face up to this issue on the international, national, and local levels and encourage greater involvement from all elements of civil society.”

 

You will notice the words that has been used - highest level of national attention, socio-economic effects, undermines, affects, hinders, scars, vicious cycle, global pandemic.

 

I think you get the point as to seriousness and implications of gender violence as it continues to be prominent across borders and among all peoples.

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Transformative and Culturally Sensitive Reparations for Women ...

Transformative and Culturally Sensitive Reparations for Women ... | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

"Tackling the underlying causes of violence against women requires not just the economic and political participation of women, but a concerted effort by States and civil society, including men and boys, to respect the human rights and dignity of women."

 

It will take all of us to work together to create a sustainable solution that will eventually bring about change and an end to violence against women and girls.

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IIf It Goes Unreported, Gender-Based Violence Escalates

IIf It Goes Unreported, Gender-Based Violence Escalates | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Rwanda - ""I don't want to report him to the police," mumbles Nikuze as she sits down, bleeding in the mouth where two teeth have been knocked out by her husband."

 

It is not always easy for a woman to report incidents involving domestic violence.

 

"There are cultures where the perception is that when a woman is not beaten by her husband, he doesn't love her."

 

It's hard to understand how this mentality can still exist today, but it does.

 

There are many factors involved in why a woman does not report violence against her. One reason is economic dependence. "If I report him and he is incarcerated, who is going to help me at home and in my business?"

 

One solution - empower women to break the chains of dendency on their husbands. 

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Stop Rape in Conflict

Stop Rape in Conflict | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict unites organizations and individuals into a powerful and coordinated effort for change. Take the Pledge and join now!
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Male Rape Survivors and Victim-Blaming

Male Rape Survivors and Victim-Blaming | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

"James A. Landrith addresses toxic myths about male rape survivors."

 

See, gender-based violence and rape can happen to men too. 

 

Escape the stigma.

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Domestic Violence Cases Remain High - Survey - AllAfrica.com

Domestic Violence Cases Remain High - Survey - AllAfrica.com | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Domestic violence cases remain high, "according to the 2010-11 Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency recently".

 

"The most common perpetrator of this violence against women has been identified as current or former husband or partner."

 

"Zimbabwe enacted the Domestic Violence Act in 2006 for the protection and relief of victims of domestic violence".

 

There are lot more disheartening statistics in the article. 

 

Everyday, as I read through these articles, it is so sad to see and to feel as if this is a never ending cycle of abuse and violence. 

 

Many countries have enacted legislation to help curb gender-based violence against women, but as you can see from this article, there hasn't been much difference.

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This article required a subscription so therefore I was not able to read it

 

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Seeking justice for Haiti's rape victims - CNN.com

Seeking justice for Haiti's rape victims - CNN.com | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it
Rapes in Haiti have increased after the January 2010 earthquake, experts say. CNN Hero Malya Villard-Appolon and her group are reaching out to help.

 

Imagine, even after being devastated by the tradgedy of an earthquake and then living in such terrible conditions, women have to be afraid of being raped. 

 

There is no war going on, but yet gender-based violence is rampant. It shows you that even when there is no war (I hesistate to say peace in Haiti) gender violence still exists.

 

When will it end? How can we stop it?

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Survivors Speak Out to Break Silence about Systemic Violence - Is the media to blame for promoting gender violence?

Survivors Speak Out to Break Silence about Systemic Violence - Is the media to blame for promoting gender violence? | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

"If you keep watching those shows, supporting the same artists and organizations, playing violent video games or subscribing to the same magazines without thinking about what you’re accepting, like it or not, you are actually supporting violence against women and girls."

 

Do you believe the media is to blame for perpetuating and promoting gender violence?

 

While I agree that the imagery and poor taste of some shows, videos etc. are certainly not casting a positive light on women, I still hold on to my "old school" philosophy that children learn by example.

 

So if dad treats mom with the respect she deserves, chances are young junior will learn from that example even though he may be bombarded with contradictory messages elsewhere.

 

Social change starts from whitin, oneself and the family unit.

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Civil Society and Government Unite to Respond to Gender-based Violence in Ecuador

Civil Society and Government Unite to Respond to Gender-based Violence in Ecuador | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

Moving towards and end to the issue of gender-based violence will only come about through discussion, collaboration, and education.

 

Here are some recomendations suggested by this article:

 

"Take an integrated approach: An effective response to GBV requires an integrated approach - including health, legal, and social services, as well as economic support where possible."

 

"Do not forget men..."

 

"Frame GBV as a broader health and development issue..."

 

"Mobilize and engage others"

 

"Provide long-term technical assistance to governments to ensure sustainability"

 

"Clearly establish roles and responsibilities within the partnership"

 

Do you agree with these recommendations? Thoughts?

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10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence

10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence | Gender Based Violence | Scoop.it

This is a great articel with 10 practical tips that men can start using today.

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Christina Reber Domestic Violence Article (Part 1)

As a feminist, I analyze a disturbingly-written article that makes light of an event in which a woman (Christina Reber) savagely attacked her ex ...youtube.com...

 

This video is a bit long, but it touches on topics of violence, media, and feminism.

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Gender and Disability - Violence Against Women

Yolanda Muñoz speaks about gender and disability, and the ways in which women with disabilities experience violence.

 

Imagine that - not only are you an abused woman, but you are also disabled. How tragic.

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