At the invitation of ‘Riyadah for Youth Development’ from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, BWA president Dr. Wajeeha AlBaharna participated with the family counselor Mrs.Nawal ALnemr in conducting seminar entitled “Violence against women, realistic approach’, held on Monday, November 24th on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women.
BWA president explained the concept of violence as defined by the General Assembly of the United Nations, its causes and consequences on women and society, and the concept of invisible violence, including the political, economic and legal violence, and reviewed some studies and statistics on violence against women, including a recent study on domestic violence in Al Ehsaregion,2014.
Mrs. Albaharna called for a comprehensive approach to address the violence phenomenon, “the issue of violence against women should be considered a community and an international issue that must be addressed” Albaharna added. Also, she Stressed on the importance of the civil society institutions role in advocating for women’s issues and defendher human rights. Also, she called for purifying the curricula and textbooks of stereotypes for women, and to reject traditions that degrade women and lessen their humanity and their roles and functions. Onher part, the family counselor Nawal Alnemr stressed on the need for a law to protect women from any attack at any time. She mentioned different types of violence such as economical, religious, social, psychological and family, and mentioned that the latter is consideredas the source of other types of violence.
Alnemr presented some images of violence against childhood which is considered as critical stage of building personality, and she preferred the opinion of some scientists that battered strong anomalies, and does not bother the situation and the feelings of the victim, and she attributed some of that to be due to the shortage in the formation of inherited genes in cells or delay in the maturation of the nervous system.