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Violence against women posts disturbing numbers.

The statistics revealed by the annual report of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWC) -- on the prevalence of abuse against these two sections of society -- are discomfiting, to say the least. In 2013, for instance, a record 414 cases were received by DFWC. This number points to a significant rip in the social fabric as the numbers involve child abuse, domestic violence against women and human trafficking.

This does not augur well for the health of a society or the inter-dynamics in marriages. A majority of women who are subjected to domestic violence chose to stay back in their marriage as they are victimised by the fear of social stigma, have poor self-esteem and arguably, a disempowering upbringing. This decelerates the pace of their self-growth that has been set into momentum by education and career aspirations because despite being educated, many women, according to DFWC, consign their future to abusive marriages. Clearly, the role of education in this context needs to be examined. But the larger picture is to urgently emancipate women from the clutches of poor self-esteem. The more they are encouraged to view violence against them as unacceptable, the more they can contribute to ending this social scourge.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 20, 2014
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