Coming Together to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) can be found all around the world, and our High Point community is not excluded. The violence we typically see in the media typically is against women and girls. That is not to say that there is not violence against men or boys—but the focus of this blog and the current event is women and girls because they are the most common victims. Around the globe there are communities coming together at the national and local levels to combat this violence against women by creating and supporting programs that allow victims and survivors of violence to receive legal assistance and medical treatment (both physical and mental). Some of these programs also allow the survivors of violence find safe spaces, which is incredibly encouraging. More people in places of power are beginning to recognize that the violence stems from gender inequalities in which women usually find themselves as the inferior of the genders. So there are also some programs that are being formed to inform others what the underlying social problem is, which will hopefully encourage others to join the movement to make women equal to men in all aspects.
At the YWCA’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC), my boss is able to help her clients find jobs to financially empower the women who are trying to get back on their feet or to leave a threatening and harmful home environment. At the WRC I am able to step in and help women at the Career Closet, which allows women to obtain professional clothing for their job interviews or their job. My primary role at the YWCA WRC is to help plan events and workshops that will financially and emotionally empower women. One of the bigger events I helped coordinate was during Domestic Violence Awareness week, and I was able to gather shirts for people to write on that had messages stating that they want domestic violence to end as well as how women are indeed equal and should be treated as such. There was also a vigil held in memory of those who fell victim to domestic violence. The vigil was successful and it allowed people to recognize how common it is in our own backyard.
Over time I do believe that GBV on all spectrums will come to cease. Once institutions and socialization change there will be hope for women and girls. It is already beginning to happen by empowering girls at a young age and empowering women in all facets of life. It all starts with us, today!