Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ll tell you a little about myself. My background is in health and human rights, particularly women’s human rights and within that category, violence against women. I have a master’s in public health and, sadly, that included very few courses in violence against women, despite the fact that it is a major public health threat resulting in millions of injuries, loss of productivity and deaths every year. The impact affects children, entire families and communities. Despite this, few courses or degrees adequately train young adults in this field. I learned through research and groups like Amnesty International, AWID, One World and others. I’ve also traveled a lot and learned firsthand how women are treated in society.
Starting with the media, I grew particularly upset with their treatment of women. Often, I flat out wondered where the stories were. I waited patiently to hear about the atrocity rapes in the Congo, for example. Sometimes I read “women raped” in an entire article devoted to the conflict in the Congo. Two words? Is that all the women’s suffering is worth? Our stories are simply not written. When they are, women are often belittled or treated with contempt. How many stories of domestic violence do we have to read where women nag, complain or cheat? As if these behaviors warrant death. How many stories do we have to read of the “nice guy” that kills his wife and kids? If this is what a nice guy does, I’ll take the bad boy any day.
This blog, then, will analyze how the media frames women’s experiences, particularly their experiences of violence. It will seek to uncover bias and discrimination. It will attempt to provoke thought. It will, hopefully, motivate readers to take action in reframing the media’s male-dominated viewpoint. It is my hope that it will lead to a greater awareness and create positive change – for us all.