"Girl power means recognizing that you already have so much courage inside you. You don’t have to look or act like Wonder Woman to be courageous. Courage means doing the things you want to do even if you feel a little scared." - Elizabeth Endara
Today, people all over the world join hands to end the violence against women and girls. As a company that is led by women, this day makes us feel obligated to spread awareness on the issue.
Here are some facts to get started on why we stand on this issue:
- 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
- Emerging data shown an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in many countries since the outbreak of COVID-19.
- Only 52% of all women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
- 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited.
(Source: United Nations Organization)
We often forget how not all wounds are visible, and that traumas are sometimes hard to describe. #GIRLPOWER is often preached and talked about, but what about standing up for women and girls whose got their "power" suppressed?
According to the United Nations Organization, since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
The Shadow Pandemic growing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis has to be put to a stop. We know that COVID-19 cases have continued to strain health services and essential services like domestic violence shelters and helplines, making them reach their capacity. Everyone plays a role in this: we have to play a role to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
"Violence negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. It impacts their families, their community, and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater strains on health care to legal expenses and losses in productivity." - UN WOMEN.
(Artwork: Ohab TBJ)
Written by: Afeedah S.