As most of you may know the Grammy’s ceremony was last week where alongside the performances and awards, Barack Obama delivered a message reintroducing the issue of violence against women and invited both the artists and the audience to help put an end to it. The President opened his speech by saying: “Tonight we celebrate artists whose music and message help’s shape our culture; and together we can change our culture for the better by ending violence against women and girls.” By addressing this crucial issue, on the globally broadcasted ceremony, Barack Obama, managed to raise awareness of campaigns around the world that are fighting to stop violence against women.
What many of you may not know is that the President’s speech was perfectly. The V-day movement’s day takes place every year on the 14th of February with thousands of events in more than 190 countries with the ultimate goal of ending violence against women. Campaigns include the One Billion Rising campaign, which began in 2012. Their moto being A world where women live safely and freely , this movement sets targets to unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts by raising awareness, to educate people and protect women around the world.
According to the United Nations, 1 in 3 women are beaten or raped in their lifetime, which is one billion women in the world.
In the United States 1 in 5 women have been victims of attempted rape and 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence as the President pointed out. This underlines the need for even more campaigns to take place and for action to be taken by everybody. Although cases of domestic violence have fallen there are still 1.2 million women in the U.K. who that have suffered domestic abuse in the past year.
In previous years, attempts have been made both by the United Nations and Amnesty International, to increase awareness and eventually stop violence against women. The former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, stated in a report for the United Nations Development Fund for Women that “Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions”, so, the United Nations took action by creating a group that would raise awareness and support women rights called UN Women.
Despite these campaigns an the fact that many countries now have laws that protect women from violence, however, Gertrude Mongella, Secretary-General of the Beijing conference said: “There is not a single country in the world where we have succeeded in eliminating violence against women there is progress that is needed to be made.”