Why I support a Millon Women Rise

On Saturday, in London, it is the Million Women Rise March and on Monday, it is International Women’s Day. Today I was enraged to hear about yet another woman who was murdered by her male partner.  Today this post is about a cause that I am passionate about – ending violence against women and I hope to return to the subject in the upcoming weeks and months.  The post below is a slightly edited version of a post I wrote in November about why this cause is so important to me.

In the past, I have been more heavily involved in campaigning around violence against women.  Today, althought I am not involved in front line campaigning work, this is one of the issues I feel passionately about.  It still cuts me up inside when yet another friend, colleague, client discloses any experience of violence or abuse.  So many women and girls – all over the world – disenfranchied from the basic right to feel secure and happy within their homes, their own bodies, on the streets, in their communities.   And it is not just the effect on the individuals – although this should be seen as serious enough. It is also the effects on communities and our society.

Womenkind Worldwide put it best:

WOMANKIND believes that violence against women is an abuse of their fundamental human rights, including their rights to health and freedom from torture.

Aside from the physical, emotional and mental toll on women, violence prevents women from participating fully in society. Violence limits women’s access to resources, such as land, water and food and their ability to participate in activities such as work, education, travel and community meetings.

Violence against women also carries economic costs for both the individual and society. While the cost implications are difficult to assess, some of the costs include missed work, health care for survivors, emergency shelters and legal procedures to bring perpetrators to justice. For these reasons, violence against women constitutes a major obstacle to development, peace and security.

Violence against women is a wound in the world – a big, gaping wound.  It’s in a divided world that violence against women exists – in a world where women’s energy and spirit is seen as ‘less’ than or perhaps so powerful that violence becomes away to surpress it – perhaps representing, as Tolle points out in his book, A New Earth, the early domination of the masculine energy over the feminine.  He points out that the centuries of pain suffered by and inflicted upon females  was as a result of the suppression of the feminine principle by men – fearing the power of the feminine.

If we want to enter into a way of being that is whole, that is integral – violence against women needs to be addressed.  One powerful way is through the education system – through educating both boys and girls that violence against women is not acceptable.   Where else do we start? In our own lives – with our children, our partners and in our communities.  Supporting local initiatives.  If you are a man, start to challenge misogynistic behaviour which condones violence, rape or abuse of women and girls.    And join the White Ribbon Campaign – a movement of men working to end men’s violence against women.

[This is a post I recently posted on my blog Practical Mystic Musings.]

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