By: Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation
Published on Humanosphere on November 25, 2013.
There, I said it. Ending violence against women is a men’s issue too. And if we’re looking to eliminate gender-based violence on a global scale, it’s about time we recognize it.
The United Nations declared today as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This doesn’t mean much unless men – part of the problem – become part of the solution.
As men, we need to understand that violence against women is really just the end product of a long cycle. We also need to acknowledge that men are the perpetrators of this violence. It is the historically unequal power relations between men and women which have contributed greatly to this problem.
Unfortunately, we aren’t taught to think about it in this way. For many, it is difficult to understand what gender-based violence is and why it happens. The media feeds us news about cases of women being beaten, raped or assaulted. But unless it directly affects us or our loved ones, we go back to our daily lives, and the root problems of violence go unaddressed.