SCORA – LPET MELODY (Men and Women Empowered with the Same Dignity)
Written by mcdcimsa, on May 1st, 2020
Gender-based violence is a structural problem that is based on gender inequality. Until today, the prevalence of violence against women is still high worldwide. This type of violence does not look upon social and economical status. Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.1 in 3 women experience physical and sexual violence at some point in their lives. Gender-based violence looks down upon one’s dignity, health status, safety, and also the victim’s autonomy. As a result, the victim experiences trauma and reproductive health problems like unwanted or forced pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Factors associated with violence can occur at individual, family, community, and wider society levels. Risk factors include low levels of education, witnessing family violence and community norms that privilege or ascribe higher status to men, and lower status to women. Factors specifically associated with intimate partner violence include past history of violence, marital discord and dissatisfaction, difficulties in communicating between partners, and male controlling behaviors towards their partners. Gender inequality and norms on the acceptability of violence against women are the root causes of violence against women.
It is revealed that in Indonesia, two in five women have experienced at least one of the four types of violence (physical, sexual, emotional, and economic) in their lifetime. This data shows that violence against women happens around us. Survivors need quality comprehensive support to break out of the cycle of violence and rebuild their lives. This includes protection, legal assistance, medical assistance, and counseling, as well as empowering programs to give women the confidence and skills to support themselves. Awareness of gender issues and violence against women must also be raised.
On Saturday, 18 January 2020, SCORA CIMSA UPH held Local Peer Education Training (LPET) with the theme MELODY, ‘Men and Women Empowered with The Same Dignity’. The purpose of this training is to educate members of SCORA about gender-based violence so that they can use the knowledge they gain from this training to educate others about the topic. This training is brought by Nathalia Isabella Muskitta, PETRA from SCORA CIMSA UI to raise the issue of violence against women. At the end of the event, there is a roleplay activity to ensure members understand fully about the training materials. By raising the issue of Gender-based violence, SCORA hopes to raise awareness and empower women to stand up against violence.