Across the world tens of thousands of women and girls are being loved to death.
Take a wide angle snapshot of these deaths and violent assaults and they become a recitation of women attacked in desperate circumstances.
Strangulations, often with everyday implements such as rolling pins and dog leads, frightening acid attacks, shootings, burnings, are just some of the ways women are murdered and scarred globally.
Despite only one in five global murders being female, the stories of their deaths are radically different to male murders. Men are most often killed by strangers.
The reverse is disastrously true for women. One of the singularly most dangerous places for a woman is the family home.
A woman’s most dangerous antagonist is not the serial killer, or the criminal opportunist, or the random murderer, but their intimate partner, or another family member.
In 2012, 43,600 women were killed by an intimate partner or a family member. This is an average of some 119 women killed globally every single day of the year or one every 12 minutes. Continue reading →
In light of Nelson Mandela International Day, commemorated each year of 18 July, on Thursday 21 July 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honored Nelson Mandela’s dedication to peace by partnering with Combat Club, a local Muay Thai club, and educating learners at Jakob Marengo Tutorial College about self-defense.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – to helping others and jointly stepping towards a global movement for good. Because of the high prevalence of violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia, UNIC Windhoek used its #Time2Serve to educate young girls about self-defense in order to provide them with the agency to protect themselves when faced with danger. Throughout the outreach, there was a large emphasis on the fact that violence should be the last resort in a situation of danger.
The event was officiated by the Namibian Ophthalmologist Dr. Helena Ndume, who encouraged girls to help the country find solutions to end violence against women and girls and to protect human rights. Dr. Ndume was the first woman to receive the UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, which honors the outstanding achievements of people who have dedicated their lives to the service to humanity. Dr. Ndume’s lifelong work has encompassed the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world. To date, Dr. Ndume has helped over 30,000 Namibians receive eye surgery at no-cost as well as implant intraocular lens to address blindness, cataracts and myopia in many patients. Continue reading →