The USA’s Do the Write Thing Challenge Program gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives in classroom discussions and in written form by communicating what they have seen to be the causes of youth violence as well as solutions to help decrease the violence in their communities.
By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program ultimately seeks to empower them to reduce violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.
The program can be helpful in identifying children who need to be connected to their community through services like mentoring and after school programs — programs that can help them stay on a path to success.
The classroom discussions and writings help teachers form bonds with their students while establishing trusting relationships and opening up new lines of communication.
All over the world women and girls suffer at the hands of the state, the community and the family. It’s a scandal that violence against women is allowed, excused and overlooked.
Duty to protect
Amnesty International is calling on the international community, governments, local communities, and every single person in the world to end help end violence against women.
Governments have an obligation to eliminate violence against women.
In Australia, domestic violence puts more women aged 15 to 44 at risk of ill-health and premature death than any other risk factor; and more than one third of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lives.
A national solution
Violence against women is a national problem and it needs a national solution. Since 2005 Amnesty International has called for a National Plan of Action to eliminate violence against women.
In February 2011, a National Plan of Action to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children was agreed to by federal, state and territory governments.
The plan covers:
Prevention of violence including ongoing education and public awareness raising.
Provision of services that cover the physical, mental and social wellbeing of victim/survivors as well as protection from further violence.
Prosecution of offenders, ensuring nationally consistent legal and police responses are enacted that treat violence against women as a human rights violation.