Some simple suggestions to tackle violence against women and children
While it is important to have proper legislation in place, I find some simple and innovative actions quite effective. For example, women of a particular community got together and decided to establish secret "watch" groups on each street. Homes in which abuse occurs are identified and an anonymous note is delivered saying something like: "We know there is spouse-abuse (or child-abuse) taking place in this home. Stop NOW or face the consequences." Usually, the note provides an address where counselling could be obtained free of charge. If the abuse continues, the photo of the abuser is printed on a flyer and distributed in the community. The abuser is warned beforehand that his/her photo would be published. This type of action is not fool-proof and can backfire if not handled carefully. However, it does work in many instances.
In my opinion, vigilant communities can stop some forms of abuse and violence against women and childen, even those that are deeply embedded in so-called "traditions" and "cultures". But, for this to happen community spirit must prevail. As such, my first recommendation to UN Women is to go back to basics...working with women and men to form strong community-based organisations/groups/cells with a sense of purpose.
This is my first entry in my Journal. I hope to be enlightened on this and many other subjects by members of PulseWire