We still have a long way to go. Many countries do not even consider domestic violence (DV) a crime. China passed itsfirst DV law in 2016. Sadly, changing laws does not always translate to changing culture. One woman who reported on the policy was killed one month after the law was passed. Want to learn more about what happened with her husband’s trial?
The murder of women is not just a problem in China; it happens all over the world. This global pandemic is known as femicide, or when a woman is murdered simply because she is a woman.
How has violence against women become such a big problem? One explanation is the dehumanization of women through rape culture. Women are seen as objects in the media and dominating culture, making it much easier to justify violence and murder. Not to mention, in many parts of the world, women are still seen as property of their husbands and fathers. Property does not deserve a voice. Want to see the effect of this in western media?
India has one of the highest rates for gender-based violence, but it also has many women who are calling for change. Want to learn more about the story, struggles, and triumphs of a female activist in India?
The numbers that we do know are horrifying, but the numbers we don’t know are even worse. Many women do not come forward with their stories of violence and abuse, and they do not seek any punishment for the perpetrator. There are many reasons why, and one is that women are often afraid of being blamed for what happened. Worse, these issues are often thought to be “women’s issues,” when these crimes impact society at large and are overwhelmingly committed by men.
In India, women are frequently blamed for the high prevalence of rape and assault. This happened on a massive scale in Bangalore last New Year's Eve when a mass molestation occurred throughout the city. The reaction of politicians and police was underwhelming. The male response is best summarized by the statement of one political leader from Mumbai: “If there’s sugar, ants will come.” On the bright side, at least he compared the men to low-life insects.