Speech of Homa Arjomand† on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action against Violence Against Women.†
Only a social movement on the rise for equality of men and women will put an end to violence against women.
The history of all societies to date has been a history of inequality, discrimination, deprivation, ignorance and political repression, and in reality discrimination against women and womenís oppression is
a hallmark of even the world today. In one section of the world backward culture and tradition have been promoted and guarded by religious movements and in actual fact the cruel punishment for women for not being obedient have become part of legislation. In advanced countries, where due to womenís rights and humanís rights movement sexual discrimination has essentially disappeared from the text of most laws women are still in many respect in practice discriminated against, and with massive intellectual and cultural U-turns in progress, one can never expect to end violence against women, male-chauvinism, and gender apartheid which has been a permanent fact of life and an integral part of societyís economic and political function of the world today.
The achievement through various national and the international campaigns to stop violence against women, or through various adopted resolutions to put an end on violence against women so far have been just risk reduction.††
For the past 20 years all women activist, service
providers, shelters and outreach programs have put all their effort to prevent
violence against women globally. An effort that needs to be cherished but
despite all the effort, we are still nowhere close to end of violence against
I strongly believe only a social movement on the rise, for equality of men and women will put an end to violence against women.† On the peak of this movement are the freedom seekers who are for freedom not only from political oppression, but also from economic pressure. They are for equality not only before the law, but also in the enjoyment of societyís material and intellectual wealth. This movement is on the rise.