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    Synthesis on GBV


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    Synthesis on GBV Empty Synthesis on GBV

    Post  yogi_tan on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 12:09 pm

    The moderators would like to acknowledge points which were raised during the discussions.

    *The result reveals a sad fact that most women are still submissive, passive and voiceless inside their homes accepting the violence by the perpetuators. This is rooted to the perceptions dictated by culture and tradition in other countries that inequalities still exists and this difference in status justifies the reason for abuse.

    *High prevalence of violence against women in these places could also be
    attributed to the socio-economic status of the country/place. Like for example,Euthiopia, Bangladesh and Tanzania are considered as few of the least developed countries by World Trade Organization. The rate of physical violence is higher in developing than in developed countries (F. Kocacik and O. Dogan, 2006.

    *One of the initial actions that our local authorities must do is awareness-rising among the victims. This is really the first step in any program to be successful.

    *one way of strengthening the program is by locally adapting model standards and strategies.

    *Researches can aid in the prevention of violence since it identifies the statistics, causes and different programs that will be effective in solving the problem

    *Moreover, the dissemination of information will also result to identification of
    possible and actual victims and perpetrators of violence. Thus, increasing the
    possibility of helping them in the process.

    *while their vision and goals are remarkable it seems to me that a lot of programs like these are tainted by hidden political agenda and so they become more and so the focus shifts from the victim to those who are seeking press opportunity and forgetting the real issue

    The graphs presented numerical figures of abused in countries representing Continents Asia (Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand), Africa (Ethiopia, Namibia, Tanzania) America (Peru), Europe (Serbia, Brazil).
    Common among these countries is an increase number of abused women in the rural areas and that magnitude of abuse is more severe than in urban areas. We can arrive to a conclusion that beliefs, practices and means-of-life in the rural areas can make a woman more vulnerable to abuse. It could be the basic attitude or misconceptions that hides the truth or the fact that social expectations makes society more tolerant to abuse.

    It is a symptom of the following complex and interfacing factors (PPGRD, 1995)
    1. A culture of violence
    2. Gender prescription that vest social power on men
    3. Resulting psychological make up of both victims and perpetrators
    4. Values and attitudes that are derived from and contribute to gender inequality

    In Ethiopia, 90% of women are abused and they believe it is normal. In the Philippines, we would hear our neighbor say "away pang pamilya lang ito". This could be interpreted in several ways 1.) this is a normal thing for couple 2.) this is inevitable in our case 3.) this is a private matter (so .. back off!)... This may also explain that in one graph, more women (whether rural or urban), are not coming out to unload their burdens. It may be our own belief that dictates dominance of the abuser. It might be our basic attitude and misconceptions that hides the truth that our society is becoming tolerant to the abuse.

    What we can do now? Unanimously we say, something mus be done. It may be a model which we can locally adapt or to strengthen existing strategies. Whatever solution we can come up with, It must be considered that people involve in this should have the proper training and has the conviction to help. Taking the case in Mauritania, Had the midwives chose to act deaf and dumb on the issues of violence, victims would be left unaided. One shared about the movie where around 400 women were violate and buried in the sand. Coming out as a victim is very difficult. Whenever ones accounts traumatic experience, it is also making the pain and the experience itself alive again. What made that woman come out? It's the assurance that somebody is taking the risk to listen, support and go through with her in this fight.

    The media has been of great help in making social awareness of the issues of abuse. And yes, when search the net for researches on VAW, it would bring you files of researches. Most researches are documentations of abuse, figures, numbers, graphs and materials that would convince you that indeed, ABUSE is not a myth and not just a "claim". Less researches are made to evaluate programs and feasibility studies of creating a program. One reason, I could personally share is, Most professionals are not really into research. Most would do it as per requirement in a master's program. Finding the motivation to conduct a research may be the first step. It doesn't have to be a personal experience of abuse...


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