Violence against women is only the tip of the iceberg.
This is one of our three posters created right here in Gippsland.
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[Image Description (Trigger Warning): Poster of an iceberg submerged in water. Part of the iceberg that is visible above water lists, ‘Murder, rape and sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse’. The part of the iceberg that is underwater lists, ‘Control & threats, leadership barriers, gender pay gap, glass ceiling, degrading language, sexualisation of women, rigid traditional roles, sexist comments and jokes’. #MakeTheLink #GenderEquality #ViolenceAgainstWomen
Brilliant post from @changemakher - « Why You Matter In Helping End Violence Against Women
The horrific cases of rape and murder are perpetrated by a small number of people. Many wonder what can we do to prevent that when we are not the people who commit these crimes?
First we have to recognise the wider context. Believe it or not - our society is patriarchal and misogyny is hidden everywhere. At the bottom of the pyramid are the 'harmless' jokes and constant objectification of women's bodies by the media. We are often told to 'take a joke' or 'don't be so sensitive' when speaking out.
However, the serious implication is that - our tolerance towards these 'harmless' sexism acts send a strong message to EVERYONE on how much we can tolerate violation of women's rights and bodies.
Why you matter?
When a crime is committed, the authorities have the responsibility to hold them to justice, and we hope that they will. At the rally, we will send a clear demand to the government. (Top of the pyramid)
However, to truly end violence against women, we need to nip it in the bud. That's where we come in - when we change our attitude towards small sexism act, we stop the underlying message that 'women's bodies are for our taking', and create more scrutiny when such crimes are committed. (Bottom of the pyramid)
PS: It is not a women's problem, nor a men's problem. People of all gender can and do objectify women.
That is my A to the following Q -
Q: Why does awareness matter?
Q: I don't rape women - how can you say I am responsible?
Q: Is the rally going to do any help?
Send us any 'difficult questions' that you have been asked. We will do our best to research and answer them. Facts and logical arguments are our weapon 💪 against their shaky emotional arguments.
Together, we will make a difference » - @changemakher