Don't abuse our women, girls
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Key statistics from the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe show that one in three women have been beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. Every year, 80 million girls are sexually assaulted on their way to school. Women and girls are 80 per cent trafficked for exploitation. At least 60 million girls are 'missing' from various populations as a result of infanticide, neglect or sex-selected abortion, and more than 60 million girls worldwide are child brides.
The statistics are frightening! In order to eliminate this monster, males must be engaged or involved since they are the perpetrators.
I suggest the following:
1. Males should appreciate females and their importance to human existence. Without females, humanity will cease to exist. Therefore, to kill females is to kill the future of the human race. Males should protect and preserve females!
2. Males should not see women as objects for sexual gratification. It is this unhealthy appetite, in males, to ravish females outside of approved contexts, that fuels violence against females as in the case of rape and sexual abuse.
3. Males should learn anger management. It is true that some women are annoying and are 'professional' at provoking males. If violence against females is to be eliminated, males should learn to control their temper or anger in the face of provocation.
4. Males should stop saying derogatory or unkind things about females.
5. Males should respect the feelings and opinions of females. Therefore, a man or a boy should not force a female to do what she does not want to do.
6. Males should change their view that the way a female is attired gives them the right to touch or abuse her.
7. Males should discard the view that to control women or use force over them is a sign of manhood.
8. The Ministry of Education, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and various community organisations should have fora in which to educate our males on prevention and eradication of violence against women.
UGOCHUKWU WILSON DURUEKE