Thursday, February 14, 2013

One Billion Rising

I participated today in a short one billion rising event. One Billion Rising is a campaign for ending violence against women. Our little circle took up the situation of women in Sweden that have to live on a secret address, usually because they live under threats from their men. It's also common that these women have children with them and they can't really lead a normal life as they are afraid of being found. The critic raised in the event was mostly against the fact that it is administrative staff that are deciding on these womens' rights to have their address erased in the public records. There is also different degrees of secrecy that are decided, from which the highest is a new identity. However, for getting any protection one usually how to be able to show that the threat is real by providing the authorities with police and doctor's records.

The second case we focused on was women's situation in Sri Lanka. It seems that after the was many women are in a tough situation, also many of them are now widows.

Some text from Unicef webpage:

Women in Sri Lanka also face many critical forms of discrimination, including gender-based violence and the ill-treatment of migrant women and their children. Apart from domestic violence, women are also subject to sexual abuse, putting them at risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. 

An the official video of the campaign: