What if ...
Action starts with us.
If we set off the alarm every time we hear screams or cries in the apartment next to ours or the house across the road; if we called the police if we suspected something was not right; if we gave a hand to the victim, comforted them, and listened to them; we would already be helping to make a difference to one persons life and maybe to many others.
If, in addition, we did not blame the victim; if we didn't succumb to the stereotype that the woman had provoked her husband or partner, rapist, abuser; we would make more contribution.
That's something each of us can do.
No woman is to blame
We need to understand that men and women are not equally at risk and that no woman is to blame for being a victim of violence.
There is no justification for beatings, psychological torture, or harassment.
Teach our daughters and sons
We need to teach our daughters and sons about violence against women, and then spread awareness among friends, colleagues, on social networks.
In every conversation we need to take action.
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International Women's Day
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