WAGGGS on Say NO UNiTE panel for Stop the Violence

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27 Agosto 2014

In July 2012 the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as #OrangeDay to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. In addition to #OrangeDay, UN Women is focusing on girls and young women this month as part of the year-long #Beijing20 campaign.

Combining the two initiatives, Say NO UNiTE organised a Twitter chat on Monday 25 of August, with panelists Together for Girls (@together4girls) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (@wagggs_world), where we discussed our Stop the Violence campaign - http://www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com/en/home.

To view the full conversation please visit the Storify - https://storify.com/SayNO_UNiTE/twitter-q-and-a-on-ending-violence-against-girls, and some of the questions with our answers are below.

What are some root causes of violence against girls?

  • Gender inequality is THE root cause – the low position of girls and women in communities and society means they are not given equal power or decision-making
  • Double discrimination of being young and being female means girls are uniquely at risk of violence
  • Violence is used to make girls conform to set gender stereotypes and roles and, in turn, these stereotypes reinforce girls’ lower position in society, leading to a cycle of violence
  • -          Violence against women and girls is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, with men exerting dominance over girls and women
  • Objectification of girls, especially in the media, divorces them of emotions and turns them into sex objects, which makes it very easy to forget they are human beings

 

What do you think are the major obstacles to ending violence against girls?

  • Culture of acceptance and silence. Violence is often considered to be a private matter.
  • A lack of political will and commitment at the highest levels to make it a priority locally, nationally, regionally and internationally…
  • This includes, but is not limited to, legislation, national plans of action and adequate resource allocation. WAGGGS’ Stop the Violence campaign lobbies for these commitments!
  • Violence against girls needs to be recognised as a human rights violation, and a form of gendered discrimination, so states can be held accountable for not taking action
  • The presence of discriminatory social norms and attitudes that reinforce girls’ subordinate position in society
  • The impunity of perpetrators is a huge problem as it normalises the presence of violence against girls in society. More needs to be done to ensure perpetrators are punished and victims/survivors feel confident in coming forward and/or recognising violence.
 

What can citizens of the world do to help end violence against girls?

  • Be aware of gender stereotypes and inequalities in our own lives and recognise own behaviour that reinforces these
  • Position boys and men as allies. Gender stereotypes and an unhealthy version of masculinity prevent boys and men from being their true selves too.
  • Raise awareness of violence against girls with family and friends. Bust the myths about why it happens and who is to blame.Add your voice to WAGGGS’ Stop the Violence campaign: www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com

To learn more about Stop the Violence and what we do to help end violence against girls, visit www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com.