Global feminism or feminism without borders is the idea of bringing light to the issues of women across all cultures, across all borders, where violence towards women is rampant and significant. In an article originally posted on The Lancet, the rate of violence across the world is discussed:
“Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new Series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.
Yet, despite increased global attention to violence perpetrated against women and girls, and recent advances in knowledge about how to tackle these abuses (Paper 1, Paper 3), levels of violence against women — including intimate partner violence, rape, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and forced marriages — remain unacceptably high, with serious consequences for victims’ physical and mental health. Conflict and other humanitarian crises may exacerbate ongoing violence.
Between 100 and 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), with more than 3 million girls at risk of the practice every year in Africa alone. Some 70 million girls worldwide have been married before their eighteenth birthday, many against their will (Paper 1, Paper 5).
The article also discusses what might help the situation, or what is already in place that is supposed to be helping these women:
“Globally, one in three women will experience intimate partner and/or sexual violence by non-partners in their lifetime, which shows that more investment needs to be made in prevention. We definitely need to strengthen services for women experiencing violence, but to make a real difference in the lives of women and girls, we must work towards achieving gender equality and preventing violence before it even starts,” explains Series co-lead Professor Charlotte Watts, founding Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK. “No magic wand will eliminate violence against women and girls. But evidence tells us that changes in attitudes and behaviours are possible, and can be achieved within less than a generation.”
Ultimately, say the authors, working with both the perpetrators of violence (men and boys) and women and girls will be essential to achieve lasting change, by transforming deeply entrenched societal norms on gender relations and the insidious belief that women are inferior (Paper 3).”
If you read on, there is sort of a 5 point plan involving government involvement to address the issue, a change in discriminatory structures, integrating education and healthcare initiatives, promoting of equality and researching the most effective ways to deal with the true war on women.
The rate of violence towards women globally is much higher than in OECD countries, or first world countries as they might be called. I think it’s the duty of all women to stand up against the violence and to also stand up for those who are unable to in countries where they are most effected by causes of violence, such as inequality or cultural reasons.
Screw American politicians; they bitch and moan about a war on women that they distort for their own purposes. The war on women has nothing to do with abortion, birth control or reproductive rights; those may be issues that are very important, but the real war on women is the rampant abuse of them. Forget reproductive freedoms – let’s try to make women safe first. Make them free to live their lives as free from violence as possible.