The right to live without violence
Did you know….?
Today, November 25, 2014 on the occasion of the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, EBU (European Blind Union) presents an awareness raising campaign in support of the right for visually impaired women and girls to live without violence.
Violence against women with disabilities remains difficult to monitor and to address. This is, in part, because of the invisibility of women with disabilities in general research on violence and gender. But data available from specific research shows that women with disabilities experience various forms of violence at significantly high rates, more frequently, for longer, in more ways, and by more perpetrators.
But did you know that this also applies to blind and partially sighted women?
Being blind or partially sighted can mean having to depend on others for support or care in certain activities or making it far more difficult to flee, fight or find help. Blind and partially sighted women may have fewer pathways to safety, and could be less likely to report violence. Programmes and services for this group either do not exist, are extremely limited or not accessible.
This calls for action from all involved in the disability field, in health and social services, police and society in general; it starts with raising awareness. For those of you that do not already have awareness raising campaigns on violence and visual impairment, EBU has developed campaign material aimed at professionals, national organisations of the blind and partially sighted and women with visual impairments.
You can download the brochures and share the information by visiting the EBU website
For more information please contact the EBU office firstname.lastname@example.org
Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC