SIGI shares gender-based violence statistics

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AMMAN — The 16-days of activism campaign against gender-based violence kicked off on Thursday. In light of the campaign, the Jordanian Women Solidarity Institute (SIGI) shared its deductions from local statistics.اضافة اعلان

The 16-days of activism is an annual international campaign calling for the elimination of violence against women that runs from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, International Human Rights Day.

This year's campaign focuses on domestic violence in the world of work, and the campaign's theme is femicide.  

World data confirmed that 50 percent of women worldwide will experience violence during their lifetime, while 25 percent feel unsafe in the workplace. Statistics also found that women are responsible for 75 percent of unpaid care work.

According to Ammon News, during the 108th session of the International Labor Conference, SIGI called on Jordan to ratify an agreement approved by International Labor Organization to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace. 

SIGI also stressed that Jordanian women still face challenges regarding gender-based violence, which is why it is essential to prepare a national strategy to change the stereotype of women based on male dominance and combat all forms of gender-based violence. 

Domestic violence in Jordan

A national strategy would encourage women to break their silence regarding violence and report it, and it would train all workers on how to deal with issues of gender-based violence.

The Population and Family Health Survey from 2017-2018, which the Department of Statistics issued, indicated that 25.9 percent of wives aged 15-49 years had experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence from their husbands, and 1.4 percent of husbands aged between 15-49 years experienced violence from their wives.

SIGI shared that out of every 100 wives, 26 wives were subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional violence by their husbands. In addition, out of every 100 husbands, one husband was subjected to physical violence by his wife.
These statistics call for the renunciation of violence against both women and men and show that women experience higher rates of long-term physical, psychological, and social impacts than men. 

SIGI also shared that the details of the survey reveal that violence breeds violence, as husbands who were controlling of their wives and were violent towards them were cited as the leading causes of wives being violent against their husbands. 

Women who are married, working, and educated were found as less likely to commit physical violence against their husbands compared to divorced, widowed, unemployed, and uneducated women.

Uneducated married men were exposed to domestic violence from their wives at a higher rate than those educated.

SIGI also shared that women do not have options and are not given opportunities to escape domestic violence unless the culture of silence is dealt with, and the concerned authorities can fulfill their full responsibilities in prevention, protection, treatment, and rehabilitation, at all legislative, procedural and accommodation levels.

The results of the Population and Family Health Survey also confirmed that the younger the age of a married or previously married woman is, the higher the percentage is of her justification of her husbands beating her, it also indicated that  62.5 percent of married women between (15-19 years) agreed on at least one specific reason as justification for their husbands slapping or hitting them.

SIGI shared that the survey identified seven reasons why wives justify their husband beating or slapping them, which are burning food, arguing with the husband, leaving the house without telling the husband, neglecting children, insulting the husband, disobeying the husband, and if a wife has a relationship with other men. 

SIGI participates in this campaign at the national level by implementing several projects, namely, the Protection and Economic Development of Jordanian Women and Syrian Refugees plan, which is funded by the European Regional Development and Protection Program to support Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. 

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