Daniel Halliday
Nov 20 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
How can violence against women be reduced?
Despite the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, violence against women remains a common occurrence. What else can be done to reduce violence toward women?
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Address the problem and educate men and boys
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Teach women self-defence
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Address the problem and educate men and boys

Many international charities and organisations have tried to tackle this complex issue by addressing the cause and educating men and boys along side separate programmes for women. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts runs the Voices Against Violence campaign, a curriculum intended to equip young people with the tools and knowledge to understand the source of violent behaviour and how they can access the right support to deal with it. Similarly the UN Women’s Partners for Prevention programme provides knowledge and technical support for women dealing with violence across Asia and the Pacific. The UN Women's scheme also monitors data on attitudes and perceptions around violence to women, raising awareness, mobilising communities and providing educational programs for men and boys also.

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Teach women self-defence

While it should not be completely up to women to literally fight for their human rights, educating women how to detect and effectively defend themselves in the case of violent attacks has been demonstrated to be a successful, although controversial, tool to reduce violence against women. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine a program that taught a self defence class to university students lead to a 50% reduction in reported rape on campus, when comparing women who underwent training and a control group who didn’t. The study lasted four years with a sample size of 900 women, and a self defence class consisting of a 12-hour program of only four sessions.

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