Saturday, June 8, 2013

End Violence against Women; Ring the Bell

A white ribbon to commemorate the National Day...
A white ribbon to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Right-to-life Awareness. White Ribbon. فارسی: روبان سفید، نماد بین‌المللی آگاهی و توجه به مبارزه با خشونت علیه زنان است. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This will be an unusual post for a blog normally dedicated to food and food related issues but this is a subject that needs to be discussed and a movement that needs attention from everyone. The "Ring the Bell" campaign to end violence against women (VAW).

I have long been vocal in my stand against domestic violence but have just recently become aware of this campaign. Ring the Bell, ask men to make a promise to do their part, in some way, to end violence against women. How they will help fight, is up to each individual person. Some men have promised to give money to their local Woman's Shelter, others to simple talk to their friends on the subject. I promised to raise awareness through my writing. This post is the first step in keeping that promise.

It is a man's' world or so the song says and it is up to men to end violence against women. Ring the bell is asking for one million men to make one million promises to help end violence against women. Progress is being made, there have been several countries pass violence against women acts this year, but there is still much more to be done.

You cannot legislate attitude and that is what this issue calls for a worldwide change is attitude towards women. It can no longer be acceptable to treat a woman as property, it can no longer be acceptable to beat or kill a woman because she insults your manhood.

It is only through the recognition of woman as people, as equals and as valuable members of society that violence against women can be eradicated from our world.

One Million Men, One Million Promises, One million voices ringing out with the purity of a bell, One million, is just a start.

Ring the Bell, to stop violence against women. Please visit the site below to make your promise and add your voice today.

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