Women are vulnerable to get violence because society expected us to be gentle and passive
I always feel compelled to contribute to help whenever I face violence against women issue. It all begins when I was a high school student. I have opportunity to made documentary movie of violence against women. I got information directly from people who get involved in the case in legal aid institution and psychology service. After I graduated as a bachelor of law, I am a volunteer at public service which has focused on abolition of violence against women.
Help Nona is a social initiative from, for, and by women. Our mission is to awaken awareness of every girls to be brave to speak up about self-respect and healthy relationship. The idea of Help Nona was begin in 2015 and officially launched in April 2016. There are many who help to establish Help Nona, from institutions that related to women’s rights until the professionals like doctor, psychologist, lawyer and also Ask Nona team that help answering and give respond to all cases.
Society taught us for hundred years ago that women should be gentle, patient, passive, submissive. While men constructed to be strong, aggressive, masculine, and dominant. This resulted women are more vulnerable to get violence, especially in relationship between boyfriend and girlfriend. From 2016 until now, there are 41 cases categorized as violence in boyfriend-girlfriend relationship.
We have to rethink about the idea of gender. Is it true, as a woman she should limit herself to be gentle and passive? While in relationship context, women are vulnerable to get violence. The idea “when women choose silent, it means she is shy” is wrong. In the study of sexual violence, women have rights to say “No” to have sex with her boyfriend. Women are not passive, we have voice. No means No.
The impact of violence in boyfriend-girlfriend relationship usually will affected the victim’s psychological. Make the victim feel worthless. Help Nona is here to help girls who had a violence and educated girls about what is healthy relationship actually? I encourage you to leave text to Help Nona by email if you witness the violence against women or you are a victim.
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