"Until the birth of a daughter is celebrated as much as a son, we are not done!" - Jaha Durukeh, female genital mutilation and child marriage survivor and activist.
While women have made progress breakthrough in traditionally male-dominated careers, gender-based violence is an unfortunate reality that many women face till date. According to UN reports, violence against women is a global pandemic that affects one in every three women in their lifetime. About 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner or non-partner. And 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting and these are just the staggering statistics.
Instagram influencer, AleXsandro Palombo, is sending across a strong message on domestic violence by showing powerful women and what could be their life. The campaign 'Just Because I Am A Woman' shows how different life can be for each woman. AleXsandro, recently, created a campaign about violence against women using pictures of famous women leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Hillary Clinton and American parliamentarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.
According to a statement, his aim behind this campaign was "to illustrate the drama that involves millions of women throughout the world with the intent to denounce, raise awareness and get a more incisive response from the institutions and politics."
AleXsandro Palombo also took it a step further and told us that everything isn't rosy in the world of fairytales. Even Disney princesses could go through something as serious as domestic violence in their life.
The thing with domestic violence is that not enough people talk about it because it is usually a family member or partner inflicting pain on you. And that's why it is kept under wraps. In India, there isn't even a law against marital rape, which is appalling.
The reason I am so moved by this campaign is that it takes a direct punch at the system that propagates violence against women. There is something so personal about it that says no matter what background, social setting, how high-flying someone is, anyone could fall victim to this. We also need more men to talk about this because at the end of the day we need them on our side.
While violence against women isn't something that can be stopped overnight. It's a systemic issue and it's patriarchy that we've to tackle. Hopefully, more people will start talking about it and sharing their stories. Kudos AleXsandro!
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