As it was our pilot year, we did not produce a complete set of articles but hope that you will find inspiration to stop violence against women among the 9 articles that we did publish.
Happy reading and sharing!
It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.
For the newcomer who wants to join the cause because s/he has decided to do something about it, the immense scope and brutality of the issue can be more than overwhelming – it can paralyse taking action. Often, the question that pops into one’s head is: “Where do I start? Where can I start?” And all too often, the feeling of helplessness takes root and the potential activist or volunteer ends up not taking any action as this fatalistic thought reverberates around his or her mind: “What’s the point of helping anyway? What good can my efforts do to stop violence against women?”
The answer is: “Quite a lot!”
We would like to take this opportunity to salute some of the bravest and most formidable women activists working to end violence against women around the world.
Many of these wonderful women have shown that it is possible to transform personal pain that came out of facing gender-based violence, into positive action to stop violence against women, empower themselves and to show other survivors that it is possible to move forward with dignity and happiness. They have refused to let bitterness and pain get the better of them, opting to stand up for themselves and for other women instead.
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the most effective ways of bringing about change when it comes to stopping violence against women, is to speak up and speak out. To speak up to prevent violence means acknowledging that people you know and the culture you live in may be the ones committing the violence against women. If we do not speak up – if YOU do not speak up – it will cost lives. It will cost the lives of women and girls in so many ways ranging from chronic lifelong psychological and health problems, to even death.
In the fight to end violence against women, we need to use every single tool at our disposal to push for change. With Web 2.0 upon us in the form of the G&F (Google and Facebook) Era of interactive social media ranging from blogs to e-retailing to Twitter, it is easier and more important than ever for even the smallest nonprofit working to end violence against women. Amongst other advantages, it allows us to reach and engage with Generation Y and the younger ‘uns who are now growing up as natives of the virtual space.
One of the most powerful tools that nonprofits and activists for any cause can have for shaping public opinion and galvanising public support for causes is the power of film. Done well, a powerful documentary, movie, public service announcement, music video or television episode can give might momentum to helping activists and nonprofits working to end violence against women motivate grassroots support for the cause. Done right, the film-maker will be able to walk the balancing act of accurately depict the horrors of violence against women while inspiring the viewer to join the movement to end violence against women.
As a nonprofit that is completely staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, The Pixel Project is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, skills and pro bono services that our people put to work for the cause to end violence against women (VAW).While we wrote about 16 ways to take that first step to help the cause, 16 ways to speak out against VAW and 16 ideas for online campaigning, today’s blog post is in honour of the fantastic volunteers who have toiled tirelessly with us on the long road to the end of VAW.
Even if people do face up to gender-based violence as an issue, they might not realise the scale of the violence because, more often than not, they conflate violence against women with the particular type of gender-based violence that they are familiar with. A typical example is how many people equate domestic violence with violence against women when domestic violence is actually a type of violence against women. To effectively combat violence against women wherever it happens , we believe that people need to be aware of the full range of these human rights violations in its many forms so they can prevent, stop and end it in whatever guise it appears.
Twenty-one years ago today, a lone gunman who blamed feminists for ruining his life walked into Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal and killed fourteen women. Two years later, the federal government of Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy last year, a writer for The Globe and Mail, a major paper in Canada, stated that women in Canada are doing well, especially compared to women in other parts of the world, and that we in Canada should just “get a grip and move on.”
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” – Annie Lamott