Talking About Gender-Based Violence Shouldn’t Be Unconventional

excellent post

Girls' Globe

Earlier this month, Marai Larasi told a room full of people that it’s time to “reground ourselves.” “We seem,” she said, “to have forgotten that violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Systemic and stubborn, certainly, but not inevitable.”

The message from the Women Deliver Conference was a familiar one: silence surrounding gender based violence must be broken. It continues to hang too thickly and too heavily. Under it’s weight lurks that same awful statistic: 1 in 3 women have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

And yet, as Vivian Onano so simply stated: “We’re not supposed to talk about it.” How can such smothering silence possibly be broken? “We must,” continued Onano, “work harder to create safe and open spaces to discuss violence against women and girls.” It sounds so simple in theory–a no-brainer.

In the same session, Larasi said that “we cannot…

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