Violence against women is not a new phenomena as women have been victims of violence throughout the history.
It is a serious public concern and it occurs at multiple levels in society. In the past this problem was called domestic violence, but now the term we refer to is violence against women because the term domestic violence does not demonstrate that almost all cases of domestic abuse is men injuring women. Today, we must take precaution and reduce violence against women. The most effective way to reduce and prevent men’s violence against women is by changing men’s attitude towards gender equality and social justice, to do this we must list out the health consequences, increase feminist approach and organize anti- violence organizations. Violence and abuse can cause long term mental and physical problems, it not only affects the person individually it also affects their children, families, and communities. These effects include harm to an individual’s health, and strength.
Increase in feminist approach is having a positive effect on this issue, even though a lot of men think feminism as women’s fight for superiority over men. But feminism is there to remain and protect the rights and comforts of women in the society. Despite this, men are also encouraged to join anti- violence organizations which helps them get notified with all the harm and trauma they cause to women. These organizations work with men and women, who seek to show interest to reduce power, and inequality gaps between these two genders. Violence that women face can be from the hands of her own spouse or from a stranger. There are many forms of violence against women, however this paper will be focusing to violence against women in the form of mental abuse, sexual assault, and battering. This issue of violence against women can come to a stop by changing men’s thinking towards gender equality and social justice, to put this in motion we must list out the health consequences, increase feminist approach and organize anti- violence organizations.
Violence prevention efforts focuses on men and boys which are influenced to some degree by the public health to reduce violence that has become an issue in the prevention field in general. Firstly, violence is an important cause of morbidity from multiple mental, physical, sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and it is also linked with known risk factors for poor health, such as alcohol and drug use, smoking and unsafe sex. Women who are victims of abuse tend to be less healthy and are more likely to have health problems which further lead in depression and suicide. Poor health can make victims life unstable, unable to work or study and generally unable to provide for children and other dependants. Not only women, even men who are the abusers tend to be at risk after their actions, they might feel guilty about what they have done in society, and this also leads in depression and further illnesses. Secondly, health interventions has attempted to shift norms of masculinity to be more gender equitable and has been termed “gender – transformative.” The evidence suggests that gender-transformative interventions can increase protective sexual behaviors, prevent partner violence, modify inequitable attitudes, and reduce STI/HIV, particularly in establishing STI/HIV impacts. Lastly, sexual assault could explain the high prevalence of GYN problems reported by battered women.
Researchers have found that battered women are more likely to have gynecological (GYN) symptoms, such as sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal bleeding or infection, fibroids, pelvic pain, and urinary tract infections, all of which are also associated with sexual abuse. This tells that battering has long-term emotional and physical health effects. Health of victims is greatly affected by the physical and sexual actions made by abuser. There should be a stop against women violence to reduce health risk that are rising for women these days, simply by educating men to prevent violence by providing them with health consequences they are leaving behind for women. The increase in feminist approach has built theories such as, “Ain’t I a Woman” to reduce gender inequality within the society.
Initially, locating the problem of violence against women firmly with men, although also politically delicate. This is a feminist achievement, that the men are working with women in violence prevention programs and policies to reduce women violence. Large number of men are participating albeit with varying levels of involvement and commitment. In addition, men’s concern for violence against women and girls, but ideally it is complemented by or moves to a wider concern with the rights of women and girls in general.
Violence against women is an unequal power relationship between men and women, and has led to domination and discrimination against women by men and the prevention of the full advancement of women. The right to a nationality for women and children; the protection of human rights defenders who provide support to women who have been subjected to violence; and most recently, the role of freedom of opinion and expression in women empowerment. After all, feminist lobbying succeeded in changing the Criminal Code of Canada so that rape was defined as an act that could occur not only outside of marriage, but also within marriage. A decade later the Criminal Code was further amended to define consent to sexual acts as “voluntary agreement to engage in the activity,” rather than leaving the question of consent to a judge’s interpretation. This gender-neutral language persists to this day and has led to an increased criminalization of women, who are often countercharged by their assailants. It has also informed the depoliticization of family violence services.
Engaging abusive men in anti – violence organizations to provide knowledge and effects regarding violence against women. Primarily, engaging men through accountable practice intervention provides a curriculum for engaging men in change in relation to personal and relational accountability. Working with men to stop women violence in the organizations is helping to change the men’s perspective for women violence.
The main focus of these organizations is to educate men regarding women violence, they highly support men- focused violence prevention initiatives. Furthermore, efforts to engage men in preventing and reducing men’s violence against women, and more generally in building gender equality, are increasingly well establish, signalled by new regional and international networks, conferences and campaigns. Men’s involvement in anti- violence organization is not only focusing on women violence protection, but also is making pathway to other issues like gender equality. This allows men to see that women’s have the same amount of power as they do.
Therefore, they can no longer oppose their manpower on them. Finally, it is an article of faith that men’s anti- violence work that men should strive for non- violence and gender- equitable practices in their own lives. Men should bring in their knowledge of violence against women and add it to their daily life. If men’s attitudes start to change positively towards women, the society has more hope in sending the message out to the world easily, and women;s will also feel safe to see that. Men should start respecting the girls and women’s they own or are related to them. This would encourage other men to work respectfully with other women’s in the society, and will make a safe place for women to live in. In conclusion, the most effective way to reduce and prevent men’s violence against women is by educating men about the consequences that rise from their hurtful actions towards women.
The victims end up in serious health problems and illnesses. The increase in feminist approach helps reduce factors like health problems, inequality and end violence against women. The involvement of men in anti- violence organization helps provide them with all the information, guides them and works with them to end violence against women. Large number of men join these organizations which helps them to take a step further and stop abusing women. In order to reduce violence against women we must start by educating men and changing men’s attitude towards gender equality and social justice.