Why women in some countries still say domestic violence is okay, and how World Pulse helps change that
I've just read this Washington Post article, and as I went through, it reinforced why World Pulse as a forum is so important:
It saddened me to see that any woman thought it was alright to be attacked, that there was something she could do that would give anyone else the right to hurt her. But I was happy to read that a positive shift can be seen:
"The findings, which could be potentially quite important for curbing domestic violence, suggest that global cultural attitudes increasingly reject it, and that women who are exposed to these ideas are more likely to adopt them" and "Even controlling for urban living and education, media access is still associated with higher odds of rejecting intimate partner violence in 14 countries."
The paper seems to postulate that what is creating change in these places is access to other ideas, and to empowering tools, such as the internet:
“Women with greater access to global cultural scripts through urban living, education, or access to media were more likely to reject intimate partner violence.”
In fact, the author of the study, Rachael S. Pierotti, argues that it's a cultural shift that is happening, rather than just some effects of urbanization or rising incomes on their own. “Results are consistent with the influence of cultural diffusion, not structural socioeconomic or demographic changes,” Pierotti states. In other words, access to venues such as World Pulse have given strength to women throughout the world and are helping to better those communities, just by being available and showing that there are ways to live in dignity, and that being hit is not "just a part of life."
I'd love to hear how the women on World Pulse in these countries feel about the accuracy (or not) of the study. Do you think it reflects you or your group of friends and family?
The full WaPo article is here: Map: Why women in some countries still say domestic violence is okay
The scholarly article by Rachael S. Pierotti is available for free here: Increasing Rejection of Intimate Partner Violence