In most cultures if not all across the world, mine included, the topic of domestic violence is hardly ever approached or talked about. We would all like to assume that everyone abhors the notion of women still being beaten in this day and age. The sad truth of the matter is that it exists.
In fact, it is rampant. Last year (2013) June, BBC published an article (Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22975103) where the WHO declared domestic violence against women an epidemic in the world we live in. In the world today, “More than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence”. I do not know about you, but this is a fact that I have come to find both stunning and repulsive. However, when I think about it, I am not too surprised. Like Chimamanda in her TedTalk which I will post at the bottom of this article, we have created men with fragile egos that need to be secured and strengthened every now and again. Which better way to do this than to put a woman in her place? The more shocking feeling for me is that the figure that the WHO provides is one of reported cases. If we were to then calculate the greater percentage of women who do not report domestic violence, we are looking at more than two out of three women. The more we deny the existence of domestic violence around us, the worse it will get. It has started to seep into our everyday language and now we threaten women for the smallest things. We expect sexual favors of them or else promise to inflict pain upon them. Sometimes, the domestic violence in our world is so embedded that we fail to see it. But it is about time that we did. Not because it could be your mother, sister or daughter, but because it could be a human being. Let us begin the conversation. Let us make better and more confident men and women. Let us save those of tomorrow!