Gender-based violence is an issue that has been prevalent in communities around the world for many years. Unfortunately, the last few years have seen an increase in cases of gender-based violence, with 2019 being one of the most alarming years. In this article, we will look at how gender-based violence has been displayed in the community from 2019 to 2021.
2019: A Year of Gender-Based Violence
2019 was a year that saw a spike in cases of gender-based violence, with the United Nations reporting a staggering 35% increase in reported cases worldwide. This was true in the community too, as gender-based violence emerged in the form of physical and psychological abuse, sexual harassment, and even femicide. These acts of violence were often perpetrated by men against women, and in some cases, even children.
The issue of gender-based violence was exacerbated by the lack of awareness and understanding of the issue in the community. Many people were unaware of the signs of abuse or the resources available to victims of gender-based violence, which meant that the cycle of abuse continued unchecked. Victims were often too scared to report their cases due to fear of reprisal or stigma.
2021: Continuing the Cycle of Abuse
Sadly, 2021 has not seen a decrease in cases of gender-based violence. In fact, studies have shown that the number of reported cases of gender-based violence in the community is still rising. This is due to a number of factors, such as the lack of access to resources and support for victims, and the fact that perpetrators are often not held accountable for their actions.
The issue of gender-based violence is further complicated by the emergence of social media, which has made it easier for perpetrators to target and harass victims online. Cyberbullying and online harassment are becoming increasingly common, and this has a negative impact on victims and their mental health.
Gender-based violence is an issue that needs to be addressed in the community. It is important that we are aware of the signs of abuse, and that we are willing to provide victims with the support and resources they need. We must also ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and that the cycle of abuse is broken. Only then can we begin to make progress in addressing this issue.
The past few years have seen a tragic rise in gender-based violence in the community, particularly from 2019 to 2021. It has become a sad reality, impacting people from all walks of life and leading to suffering which is both physical and emotional.
Gender-based violence has been found to occur both in public and private. In 2019, news outlets reported on an increase in domestic violence cases, wherein victims were typically women and the perpetrators typically male family members. The victims experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse, with the Violence against Women survey estimating a staggering 7.9 million women aged 18-79, who have experienced some form of abuse by a current or former partner.
One of the other key forms of gender-based violence was “revenge porn”, in which explicit images and videos, intended to be kept private, were suddenly made public in an attempt to shame and humiliate victims.
In 2020, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a significant rise in these cases, as people were confined to their homes. Reports of people being isolated and controlled by family members, in both Asian and Western countries, began to emerge, as well as more cases of domestic violence. Aside from physical, emotional and financial abuse, perpetrators were also using technology to monitor and control victims, blocking their access to vital artificial intelligence such as mobile phones and social media.
The following year, in 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a tangible drop in the number of domestic violence cases. Nevertheless, the impact of gender-based violence still lingers, and careful steps must be taken in order to ensure that victims are not only safe, but receiving the supportive and effective rehabilitation which they need.
Ultimately, over the past few years, the issue of gender-based violence has become increasingly real and serious. It is vital that respect for human rights and equality is promoted, both on an individual and societal level, to prevent the perpetration of gender-based violence in the years ahead.