There are 7 billion people living in this world of which 49.6% are women. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. According to this stats, there is an urgent need of change in the society. Violence can negatively affect women’s physical and mental health.
Cases like rape, murder, molestation, stalking, eve-teasing etc are rising every day. Brutal killing and heinous crimes are reported every day in all parts of the world where the women are the victims. The reason for the increase in these numbers is low education, child maltreatment, exposure to violence in family and attitudes of people accepting violence. Society’s mindset of raising their children needs to change. Parents from an early age of children’s life show sign of discrimination between male and female child. Even the small actions of parents can result in forming a stronger mindset in children. People unconsciously incorporate gender inequality within the society.
It is evident that in high-income settings school- based programs are effective in preventing crimes against women, though in low-income settings strategies to increase women’s economic and social empowerment, such as microfinance combined with gender equality can prevent such crimes.
We as a society should raise our voice against every small or big crime we witness or see around us. If we see such crimes happening, we must take action for the 49.6% people of this world. Let’s pledge to a safer society and a better society!