26 November 2007

Thank God We've Overcome this Epidemic

The Guardian (26 November 07): Seville, Spain. Women with
red dye on their feet, representing blood, march during a
protest against domestic violence to commemorate
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Photograph © Eduardo Abad/AP.


I used the news function to Google "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" and discovered next to no uptake in the western press. So it must be that is only in developing countries that gender-based violence is a too common, ongoing occurrence.

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Anonymous brendadada said...

Spain's a developing country?

26 November, 2007 20:31  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Hey Brenda, No, Spain is not a developing country. (Although it is not among the wealthiest of Eurpean nations.) I was unclear. Sorry. The press in Europe and North America virtually ignored this "day." There were protests (sometimes substantial) in various places. I found no real coverage - The Guardian ran this image in its "Day in Pictures" section. No accompanying story. And most of what I could find focused on violence in developing countries (e.g., openDemocracy has a story on violence against women in "Africa" treated as an undifferentiated whole.) Google turns up (at least it did this morning) a lot of stories from media in Asia and Africa. I presume the lack of press attention in "developed countries" means that we have no problem to which we should attend. Hope you are well. Jim

26 November, 2007 22:03  
Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

I'm sure women in the West still experience violence but isn't magnitude a factor here. And at least there is action women in the developed world can take to seek recourse and protection. What can a woman in Africa or The Middle East do? If she runs home to her father to complain that her husband is beating her she'll probably get another beating from her father and brothers for "shaming the family."

27 November, 2007 12:06  
Blogger tommyspace said...

Does anyone know the website of the photographer who took this picture?
Can u help me? Eduardo Abad photographer is his name

26 March, 2009 17:49  
Blogger tommyspace said...

Does anyone know the website of the photographer who took this picture?
Can u help me? Eduardo Abad photographer is his name

26 March, 2009 17:49  

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