domestic violence

Reaching out – in solidarity

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The pandemic is a cruel time especially for the most vulnerable in our society whoever they are, particularly for bereaved families.

Today, across the globe more than half of humanity is confined, this is unheard of. Our democracies and human rights are affected, and especially the rights of vulnerable women.

We want to be united, attentive and concerned for each other and for our common future.

In particular, we need to have regard to the people who are suffering from daily violence, and especially women and children who are affected by domestic violence.

I would like to urge NFAs to lobby their governments to safeguard access to women suffering from domestic violence.

As well as ensuring support facilities for affected women and children, we also need to be aware of the need to continue to focus on prevention, including facilities for angry and violent men.

These need to be in place in every country, and therefore we would like all national associations to make a call to immediately ensure the existence of such facilities in each country.

Few interesting articles here:

Home is not a safe place for everyone (As “social distancing” is urged to contain the coronavirus outbreak , home is exactly where the danger lies for some)

The Impact of COVID-19 on ImmigrantSurvivors of Gender-Based Violence

Jess Phillips: Hotel need to house domestic violence victims during the coronavirus lockdown

We thank our Irish friends who had prepared a very interesting Meet & Greet for us, regrettably of course they had to cancel it. For the moment we are maintaining the AFFDU Centenary on September 17 and 18 and the AGM in Paris on September 19, we will open the registration if the situation allows.

We recognize that in these difficult times many of us are isolating at home, and have time on our hands. We also need to support each other, and stay in touch. Therefore we thought it would be a good idea to invite members to weekly contribute to our blog; as we are reaching out to all our members we thought a good name for this special newsletter would be ‘REACHING OUT – IN SOLIDARITY‘.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and experiences. Feel free to send us at boarduwe@gmail.com approximately 400 words including spaces, on what you are experiencing, by means of texts, poems, paintings, or various artistic expressions. Exchanges can also take place if you wish via comments section below the article posted.

Keep safe and connected,

Dr. Anne Bergheim – Negré

President University Women of Europe