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Using Digital Media to combat Domestic violence

Since digital media is getting popular, more and more people are getting connected. The attraction of various social networking sites and their ease to access have made people to share more about their lives, happenings and much more.
Besides sharing our sweet memories, our golden moments on social media and blogging sites, sharing pain and suffering is also a part. Domestic violence is the unspoken truth which is faced by almost more than half of the world women population somewhere in their life time.
With the passage of time women are getting more empowered through education, they are earning their own living and enjoying freedom of independence still the evil of domestic violence exists. And the most common reason behind it is, most of the time it is not shared. It is taken as personal and private matter or the sufferer might fear shame and disgrace that would be brought to their families if they share about it.
Because of these inner fears she barely speaks about it and when she is not speaking about it, against it the evil of domestic violence is getting strong with each passing day, besides women empowerment, her getting stronger as individual still she suffers domestic violence.
Digital media is one of the platform where she can talk about her pain and suffering. When she shares her pain another women can get strength to share her side of story. And thus a chain can be created where more and more women can learn about the challenge and possible solutions. Thus digital media is not only providing her space to express herself but also making her a leader where she can lead her part of story and save many others to be victimized.
The reason behind my inspiration to touch this dimension of digital media came after I read a daring story of a housewife on a blog where the link was shared by many on social media sites, a sufferer of domestic violence. That woman was from another country, from a totally different culture and background still her words were the same what I have heard from women here at my end.
She had the same fears of not talking about it otherwise it will bring shame to her family, she feared the same from abusers, she feared the same to be a victim of domestic violence proofs you a better and loyal wife. But when she mustered her courage and decided not to be silent about it anymore. Because daughter was getting the next victim so she broke her silence. She shared all that happens behind covered curtains and her words were never new. Her each and every word was relating to a rural woman living in a different part of the planet. When she spoke against it the word was shared and heard. And so many others broke their silence. Many have learned they are their own heroes. They are the one who can change their lives.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

Nyapaul's picture

Thank you

Yes it has to start by one person that is you good effort there. Stop the violence against women go down to root causes and air it, highlight the way forward and make recommendations.

Thank you

Nyapaul

PohChing's picture

Courage

Courage is needed for victims to share their story. They shouldn't be shamed but be praised for willing and courageous enough to share their stories.

kkrompas's picture

Thank you for your voice.

Thank you for your voice. Domestic violence is a problem in every culture, every race. I so appreciate what you had to share, and thank you for your bravery. God bless.

Mauwa Brigitte's picture

Courage for the work done

Salma,
I appreciate your way of conveying the message to be heard in the world, the problem of domestic violence is almost in any culture, but we must fight to expose these cases to ensure that justice is done.

Brigitte

Thank you all for reading my words and sharing your thoughts, it means a lot to me, it gives me courage to write more and share stories of our end. I'm sure all the women around the world are basically exposed to the same challenges, and it is not just about her strength or potential but her gender that is she still struggling with to get accepted. Thanks again for reading.

amymorros's picture

Sharing the Word

I like the example you have used of women connecting across borders and cultures to combat domestic violence. I am so glad that she got the kind of response to what had happened to her that has helped her heal. Sometimes all it takes is one person to break the silence and others will follow in their footsteps. If we can all work together and support each other then there is no telling what we can accomplish.

Good luck!

Amy
@amyinstl

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You

Dear Salma,

Thank you so much for your story. Honestly, in our generation, the social media is a great platform where women who are suffering from abusers can freely discuss the issues and possibly meet with othe women in similar situations and then encourage each other. The web is a strong empowerment tool also for survivors of Domestic Violence. Once again, Thanks for this story. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Jumi's picture

Brave woman

Dear Salma,

Thanks for sharing this story. Yes, digital media is an additional tool for engaging in discussions about violence against women, taking a stand and finding ways to reduce/eliminate the practice. What the woman you read about did is really brave and I commend her for speaking out about her experience and by extension, giving voice to others.

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