You force me to your happiness,
squeezing me into clothes
of tightly laced recognition,
into norms, into roles.
You maltreat my lust,
you trample my body underfoot,
imposing your urges,
You determine my sex,
you dictate my beauty,
idolizing and demonizing me.
Your power curtails my voice.
Violence against women is a fundamental problem of our society. Every fifth woman in Austria has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. One in three women has experienced some form of sexual harassment since the age of 15. 15 percent were or are affected by stalking. 38 percent experienced psychological violence at the hands of their (ex-)partner. Worse, between 2014 and 2019, the number of murdered women more than doubled. Domestic violence is the leading cause of death or harm to health among women aged 16 to 44 across Europe. Statistically, this ranks it ahead of cancer or traffic accidents.
In addition, there are forms of structural violence against women: the discrimination and disadvantage of women in our social and state system, from the gender pay gap, to the abortion deadline solution, the glass ceiling, and the gender data gap in medicine.
All these forms of violence affect women regardless of their skin color, religion, origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. Violence against women is therefore also related to racism, incitement, right-wing radicalism, tradition-based violence (FGM and forced marriage), alien and asylum law, and gender discrimination. It is a problem so deeply and sustainably anchored in our systemic and cultural apparatus that it can only be overcome together with all patriarchal, discriminatory and racist structures of our society.
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