We all have a role to play in protecting women and girls. We have an opportunity to change the world and make it a better place for them. We are slowly getting there especially now that we have the International Women’s Day and the international Day of the girl child to commemorate these beautiful souls. What an achievement!
Right now women and men around the world are part of an unprecedented support for women’s rights, equality and justice. From global peaceful demonstrations to social media campaigns, women are raising their voices in unison, calling out social evils, organizing for unequal pay and women’s political representation.
According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Our desire to provide a space for girls and women should not waver, not a minute. We must continue to empower them to speak to their unique realities when it comes to issues connected to them, for example Gender Based Violence (GBV), body shaming, and gender discrimination in their respective communities.
We should have a passion of protecting women and girls. We must continue supporting women to speak to building sustaining girl-led institutions that addresses these issues.
We must advocate for girls and women rights in their capacity across all sectors; be it as a nurse in the hospital, teacher in school, police officer at the station, a government official, an engineer, and all other professions. We must keep vigil and protect women and girls from abuse.
We must stop all forms of violence that inhibit women from taking up space, sustaining their time in those spaces, and surpassing their potential while at it. We must talk about these issues. We must stop all forms of evil that undermine the power of women in our communities.
We need to also encourage girls to speak out and invite them to sessions where they narrate and relieve their traumas. Whether they are survivors, and we think they are brave and on their journey to healing, we must treat them with care. We must sensitize our communities against violence against girls and women, not contribute to their regression in healing. We must create safe spaces to listen to girls routinely on any subject.
The only solution to protecting women and girls is to invite them to share their needs, realities, myths, and misconceptions about their human rights. Inviting them to a conversation will empower them, cause them to become confident and ready to stand for themselves and overcome abuse.
Fear ignites us to move towards what we’ve traditionally been taught is safe and secure. And when it comes to leadership, that unfortunately still means men being in charge.
– Danna Greenberg