Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Rachel Hastie of Oxfam points out that this is often a day that paints women as helpless and men as overtaking and violent. However, a new report on Violence against Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo reinforces that this is not a black and white issue. Rachel Hastie points out-
The study’s author calls on humanitarians to recognise the interdependent and interactive nature of gender, but we do seem to prefer it simplistic: men as the perpetrators of evil, women as the pathetic victims, without looking at the root causes of violence and how we need to address them in order to have any positive impact.