Time to denounce acts that harm and degrade our women

2009-12-11 13:50

The international campaign against gender violence is intended to

curb violence against women and children in the world.

The human being is gifted

with an inborn dignity that demands respect. Aggression and violence against

women is a flagrant violation of women’s dignity and human rights.

Abuse, in any

form, that takes place among family members is known as “domestic violence”.

Perpetrators and victims come from every religion and society.

Unfortunately, domestic violence is the most under-reported crime

in South Africa and in some communities it is virtually unrecognised as a crime.

Because of this, victims may feel reluctant and embarrassed to report despite

their innocence.

Individually we cannot find solutions to the problem of domestic

violence. We all need to join hands with this international campaign and raise

our voice to say that: gender violence in any form – psychological, physical,

verbal or sexual is a crime against humanity and a sin.

Undoubtedly, domestic

violence can never be justified, for it affects children, the family and damages

the sacred relationship of marriage.

It is the duty of every human being to expose and denounce as human

rights violations those practices and policies that harm, degrade and silence


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