To address the worldwide issue of violence against women, we must all re-evaluate our own views…of self, women and our “accepted roles”. Recognize that we are all responsible and play a part in keeping the women, men and children of our communities safe.
What I have found in my research is that women’s perceptions of abuse vary from culture to culture and are influenced greatly by the traditional and religious ideals established within a society. These beliefs influence how women perceive themselves–self worth, esteem, etc. And causes, in many cases, women to feel as though they are undeserving of a better life.
Have a look at the following chart, which list countries with high percentages of women who accept/condone domestic abuse. It is alarmingly high (I was a bit shocked by it, really). (found on Feministing’s website.)
**The above piece, entitled “Blue Mood (#43)” was created by mobile digital artist, Matt Connors, of New York. It is a part of the “A Healing Touch” Flickr Group and will featured in the group slideshow opening night of the “A Healing Touch” exhibition.
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Do you have comments, additional facts, stories or art (visual or in writing) surrounding the issue of women and violence? Raising awareness is a COMMUNITY effort–and we’re all connected–Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. invites you to share your own ideas, stories and experiences on their community blog. Begin your steps towards healing–or helping others to heal.
If you do mobile digital art and would like to create a visual “digital offering of peace” to be featured in the Flickr group slideshow, email me your Flickr ID and I will invite you to the private group. Thanks for your support!