March is here!
This month has many awareness’s that we need to take into account. The Coalition has chosen to focus on Gender Equality, Women’s History, and Self Injury Awareness.
Gender Equality Awareness:
While living in the US it is easy to forget that women do not receive the same rights as us. Statistics show that 66% of the work in the world is done by women, yet only 11% of the world’s income is given to women. Some countries withhold voting, land ownership, and driving from women.
Women’s History Month:
It is important that we remember the strong women who have helped build this country. Too often women are not recognized for their strength, courage, and determination to help make our world a better place. Women’s history was practically unknown until 1978 when “Women’s History Week” was introduced. Special events and programs were planned by many schools during this week. March was declared Women’s History Month by fourteen states in 1986. This month is to be celebrated for all the women who have changed history!
The awareness of violence against women arose in the United States as a major social issue in the 1970s. The first time it was brought into the public eye was in the mid-1600s when the Puritans of Massachusetts passed the first laws against wife beating. From the turn of the 20th century to the 1970s, society treated spousal abuse as the women’s problem which created much silence around the issue. However, after the National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, the attendees realized that common misunderstandings about domestic violence and gender equality were creating barriers from helping and preventing abuse. Women decided to take matters into their own hands by creating support groups for women who were victimized by domestic violence. This evolved into the Battered Women’s Movement. One of the most critical events during this time was the establishment of battered women’s shelters across the nation.
For more information about Women’s History Month check out this website: http://www.nwhp.org/whm/history.php
For more information on the Battered Women’s Movement and creation of shelters check out: http://www.thebusinessofme.com/a-brief-early-history-of-womens-shelters-and-the-movement-against-domestic-violence/
March 1st is known as Self-Injury Awareness Day. Self-injury, also known as self-harm, is when an individual deliberately hurts themselves physically to deal with emotional pain. Most of the time people associate cutting as the main way to self-inflict harm. Bruising, scratching, burning, etc. are all ways some inflict injury on themselves. This is a very serious condition that many people of all genders and ages go through. Self-injury can be very addicting and can cause a person to suffer until they stop if they ever decide to. This is a very common condition and, for some, needs treatment. Self-Injury Awareness needs to be brought to everyone’s attention!
For more information on Self-Injury Awareness or how you can help check out this website: http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/siad/#fact-sheets.
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