Today Toads we are going to join in spirit with women and men around the world and scream. Together we will raise our voices against violence. March has been set aside by Woman Scream International Poetry Festival as the month to raise awareness through poetry about violence against women.
Woman Scream states their mission is to honor women and create a conscious calling against women’s violence for a culture of peace and to take self-esteem messages to women through artistic expression and poetry.
Although it is an event where people gather in person to collectively share their work in public venues I felt we could do our part in raising awareness through written participation.
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King
Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women within a society. The roots of violence against women lie in persistent discrimination against women. Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime. United Nations Unite
The following are resources to find help for abused women. Abused Women , Help Guide and The Hotline
So today we shall scream about this tragedy with words that will draw attention to it; words that will encourage those who have been victimized; words that will break the silence within each of us. I leave the poetic form to your choosing. Please remember to share your link with Real Toads and visit and comment on the work of others.