Gender-based violence (GBV) is an issue very close to my heart. I have witnessed the damaging effects of GBV. It is one of those things you have to experience to really understand how damaging it is. Many women suffer in silence and endure years upon years of abuse. These women suffer mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. Many of the women experiencing GBV see no way out which is really disturbing.
This is why I am so passionate about GBV and why I support amazing charities tackling domestic violence. The charity of the month is Olive Pathway. If you follow my Facebook page and Twitter, you should know about this great charity already, since I am forever sharing their posts on my social media pages.
Olive Pathway is a charity tackling domestic abuse and gender-based violence within black and minority ethnic groups in Greater Manchester and beyond. The charity’s mission is to eradicate domestic violence and eliminate inequality.
What is GBV?
Gender-based violence (GBV) also known as violence against women is a spectrum of violence and abuse, committed primarily but not exclusively against women by men. This includes –
- Domestic violence
- Forced marriage
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Rape and sexual assault
- Commercial sexual exploitation
- Stalking and harassment
- ‘Honour’ based violence
Olive Pathway Objectives
Olive Pathway’s main objectives are to educate, equip, empower women to become independent and self-reliant. To effectively support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) women and families, and to prevent and reduce domestic abuse within BME communities.
If you are experiencing any form of abuse, you should speak out and get help immediately. Please do not suffer in silence. There is support available to help you overcome whatever it is you might be experiencing behind closed doors. Charities like Olive Pathway are doing an amazing job helping women experiencing GBV.
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