What used to be known as domestic violence has now been re-named gender violence or gender based violence. It may mean the same thing but domestic violence as a sub-group of those crimes committed against persons, I believe covers a much larger area. However, in any event, gender based violence is a threat to our stability, growth and development as a society, a world-wide society I mean to say.
Violence against women, perpetrated by men needs to be addressed, not only on the international day, but each and every day. In many countries, in many societies and communities violence against women is not even a criminal offence. And this must end. We do not live in the dark ages where men ruled and controlled. We live in much brighter times when we understand and accept total and complete equality. And there can be no other way.
In Europe…and developing countries…laws are enacted to protect women. Programmes are developed and put forth to educate those that feel, or think, that it is their inherent right to dominate women. And finally, sanctions, hard sanctions, meaning long stretches of incarceration, are also given to those who exert gender based violence. Perhaps that is the most effective method…
As an artist, I feel it my duty and responsibility to be, like the Ancient Greeks said, a “man of the polis”. In other words, a man of the city, of the community and a participant in all the aspects of life in a civilised circle of people. Therefore I open my blog and in particular, this post to comments and opinions, to advice and to wisdom coming from all of you, my online community. I also wish to encourage artists, both young and older, but especially young ones who might believe that artists should remove themselves from social issues or politics, that on the contrary, we are the ones that are supposed to talk about these issues and to fight for the rights of the oppressed, the victims and the ones suffering undue pain at the hands of abusers.
Here are the quotes of the series:
“It doesn’t matter how rich or poor a person is, what gender or social class, or how much fame or education she possesses. Verbal, mental, and physical abuse can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter what a woman’s ethnicity is because the only distinguishing color of abuse is black-and-blue.” La Toya Jackson
“You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery.” Mariska Hargitay
“It’s in the past, and I don’t want to ‘get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys, too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything.” Rihanna
“My daughter knows what happens. My son knows as well. We talk about what is abuse. I think it’s important to talk to our daughters—and our sons—in order to educate them at an early age about what’s appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable.” Reese Witherspoon
“As a child, I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men say, ‘Mrs. Stewart you must have done something to provoke him,’ ‘Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument.’ Wrong! WRONG! My mother did nothing to provoke that, and even if she had, violence is never ever a choice that a man should make. Ever!” Patrick Stewart