Speak out against women abuse

by Abdullah Saeed

The Star-May 12, 2009 Edition 1

I refer to the article "Abuse of Muslim gets worse", (Star, May 04).
Violence against women is a human rights violation and is a behaviour that knows no culture, religion, race, tradition, social status or country. It is one of the biggest scourges in our communities and there can be no justification for it.
Blaming acts of domestic violence on religion and other factors serves only to conceal and distract us from the truth – domestic violence is a reality in every community and we have not yet dedicated the necessary resources to challenge and change this.
According to statistics, one out of every three women in the world has been a victim of violence in her lifetime, violence against women is one of the four major causes of death on the planet today and 30 percent of women are being physically injured by their partners.
We need to break the culture of silence and motivate victims to speak out against violence.

Pietermaritzburg

MRN

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