Violence against women takes many forms –physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, verbal, spiritual and financial. These various forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from birth to their senior years. Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and impoverishment; their ability to fully participate in life is diminished. Such violence harms families and entire communities and reinforces other types of violence prevalent in society. Violence against women is not confined to a specific ethnicity, culture, or socio-economic group. The roots of violence against women lie in persistent discrimination against women.
Education is a crucial aspect of effecting attitudinal change in both governmental and non-governmental sectors. Such efforts must extend beyond populations considered at risk to the general public at large. It is our collective misunderstanding of violence as it relates to our everyday life that needs revision. Education will include networking, lectures, seminars, roundtable discussions, and other community activities relevant to our mission.
Maintaining a robust network of community and government agencies devoted to social justice is central to our work. Regular meetings of key stakeholders from community and government, policy-makers and front-line workers, are critical components in community capacity building. During our Violence Prevention meetings, we invite guest presenters to further advance our equality-seeking anti-violence mandate. Such strategies have enhanced mutual learning and reinforced regional partnerships with an ultimate goal of better practices.