International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The campaign will last from today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

Rape culture is pervasive. It’s embedded in the way we think, speak, and move in the world. While the contexts may differ, rape culture is always rooted in patriarchal beliefs, power, and control.

Rape culture is the social environment that allows sexual violence to be normalised and justified, fuelled by the persistent gender inequalities and attitudes about gender and sexuality. Naming it is the first step to dismantling rape culture.

Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture.”

The majority of the post today comes from the UN Women website. This is a link to a video about Rape Culture. It has a warning at the start about the disturbing language used, but it is important to watch in my opinion.

The culture changes when we choose to speak up and act. Say NO to rape culture.