! كفى. ENOUGH. BASTA!
All of the great social justice advances that we ever had in this country have come not from people with big titles and not from people at the top, but just from everyday people getting together saying ‘Enough is enough. I’m going to change this, and I’m going to get involved, and I am going to be engaged.’
According to the United Nations, Women official website; 35 % of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence or harassment in their life, either from their partner or a stranger. That is 1 in 3 women worldwide and that is not all; in 2017 87,000 women were killed intentionally most likely by a family member and other data shows young girls witnessing their fathers physically abuse their mother. On top of that, women and young girls account for up to 72 % of all human trafficking cases, mostly used for sexual exploitation. (UN Women, Facts & Figures: Ending violence against women)
That said, anyone who experiences trauma at some point in their life will report different symptoms. In case you missed it, you can read about the impacts of trauma on our blog here.
As part of our mission at the Speak Trauma Foundation, we like to shed light on like-minded organisations such as Kafa.org based in Beirut, Lebanon. KAFA violence and exploitation is a Lebanese civil society organisation which is also feminist, secular non-profit and non-governmental. It aims to create a safe society that is free of social, economic and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women
Established in 2005, KAFA aims to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and exploitation. It works to bring forth gender equality through the adoption of different methods such as: advocacy for law reforms, by introducing new laws and policies, influencing public opinion, conducting research and training and most importantly, empowering women and children who have been victims of violence, plus providing them with social, legal and psychological support. Their focuses are but not limited to; those who are victims of family violence, exploitation and trafficking in women; especially migrant domestic workers and child protection. You can check out more about KAFA and the work they do via their website here.
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