16 DAYS OF ADVOCACY:

Today, Zonta International starts our 16 Days of Advocacy – Zonta Says No To Violence Against Women.

Every day for the next 16 days we will be adding pertinent quotes to our website.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline.  This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence as well as economic abuse and exploitation.  We are also raising awareness of elder abuse at this time. The 16 Days between November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and December 10, Human Rights Day, are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

DAY 1..” Any moment of the day or night is good to say enough and put an end to a stage of your life that you would have wished not to live”

Raimunda de Penaflor

We begin the list of quotes against gender based violence with a message that should be clear: If, unfortunately, a woman is already in a situation of gender-based violence, it is always a good time (as sooner the better) to say “enough” and start the life she deserves. Everyone has the right to live free from the fear of abuse!  Stop elder abuse!!

DAY 2:  “ Perpetrators of abuse often make their victims believe that they are somehow responsible for their own abuse.  Such misplaced notions shift the blame of the abuse from the abuser to the abusee”

Mallika Nawal

This quote explains reality.  Abusers make the victims feel responsible for the abuse. Growing old shouldn’t hurt.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 3:  “Violence is not merely killing another.  It is  violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear.  Violence is much more subtle.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The quote against gender-based violence that best explains what violence is.  We shouldn’t allow a single gesture of contempt towards us. Every year an unconscionable number of older adults are abused – mostly at the hands of family.  For every one case reported there are as many as 42 unreported.  “His daughter was his pride and joy, now she is taking both from him”  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 4.  “One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime.  This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.”

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is one of the UN Ambassadors and makes clear the seriousness of the matter and the importance and urgency that must be given to this issue While under reported, financial elder abuse and fraud cost 36.5 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! Stop elder abuse!

DAY 5:  “Women should be angry about the violence and fear that inform so much of our lives.  So should men.”

Soraya Chermaly.

“Rage Becomes Her:  The Power of Women’s Anger.”” Violence against women should concern not only women  but men as well. “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 6:  Don’t give up, please don’t give way, even if the cold burns, even if fear bites, even if the sun sets, and the wind goes silent, there is still fire in your soul, there is still life in your dreams.”

Mario Benedetti

We continue with the list of quotes against gender-based violence in a poetic but direct way.  Surrender is not a possibility, there is always something to cling to within us and to fight for in order to eradicate violence. “Abuse hurts at any age.”  Stop elder abuse!!

DAY 7:  “Calling gender violence a women’s issue is part of the problem.  It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention.

Jackson Katz

It’s clear, right?  It is everyone’s job to fight for a society where no women is subjected to the violence of a man. The evil has always been known to capitalize on someone’s weakness and now they are in the form of elderly abusers.  Stop elder abuse!!!

DAY 8:  “No more minutes of fear, of humiliation, of pain, of silence.  We have the right to have every minute of freedom, happiness, love and life.  We want to live.  All of us.  Not one less.” And we have the right; let’s do the impossible so that this becomes a reality and ceases to be a utopia. It is not just the physical abuse that the seniors are going through but the psychological as well.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 9:  We don’t want to be brave when we’re on the streets, we just want to be free” After the amount of violence and abuse women suffer on the street, we must listen to things like “be brave”.  Of course we are brave, but we don’t need to be encouraged to be brave, of that going out in the street should be something that requires courage, we really need to have the same right to be free. If not for the parents or grandparents of this world, lets fight this battle for humanity’s sake.
Stop elder abuse!

DAY 10 “When you abuse a woman, you stop being a man.” And we must add:  you stop being a person. If we can help one senior at a time, then the voice of change will eventually be heard by everyone.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 11.  “This body is mine, you can’t touch it, you can’t abuse it, you can’t kill it.” got it?  It can’t be put any straighter that that. It is the fear of abandonment that has kept the elderly from reporting the abusers.  Lets all try to conquer their fear.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 12:  “Violence against women in all its forms is a human rights violation.”

Michelle Bachelet

Amen to that! Abuses can be of many forms but it is the seniors who are frequently on the receiving end.
Let’s try to change this horrendous situation. Stop elder abuse!

DAY 13:  “The world is, a, sadly, dangerous place for women and girls.  And I think young women are tired of it.  They’re tired of being undervalued.  They’re tired of being disregarded.”
Michelle Obama

We’re tired of gender inequality, let’s do something about it.Abuse can have a great psychlogical disturbance at any age, and especially at an old age.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 14:  “For a world where we are socially equal, humanly different and totally free.”

Ross Luxemburg

Today, a utopia,  but we must fight to make it real. It is the fight against the elderly which has affected their courage to fight anymore.  So let us all fight for them.  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 15:  “I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

Malala Yousafzai

Let’s all raise our voices, both men and women so that we can put an end to gender inequality. It is high time that we take a stand and report the abusers around us to law enforcement!  Stop elder abuse!

DAY 16:  “No means no, and if you do not say yes, it also means no.  And if you were wearing a skirt, it still means no.  If you are trying to continue your life despite fear, it’s still a no.

La Vecina Rubia

NO MEANS NO! The scars from the emotional abuse are very much alive in the hearts of the elderly.  We need to heal them with our support.  Stop elder abuse!!