Violence against Women Partners (1) In order for us to be able to define principles, upon which social policies that are meant to protect women partners from sexual and physical abuse, need to be based, we need to understand what creates preconditions for the violence against women in the first place. The article The 10 Steps to End Violence against Women, which is available on the web site of Step It Up Ontario, provides us with the insight on the essence of such violence: Five times more women than men are murdered by their intimate partners. Women who kill their partners often do it in self-defense or after years of abuse (Step It Up Ontario).
In other words, the real reasons women are more likely to become a subject of victimization is because they are physically weaker then men. This is the fact of objective reality, without understanding of which, we cannot be seriously discussing the issue. Therefore, it is quite inappropriate to link the rate of womens abuse in Ontario to the fact that women are underprivileged, within a context of their gender affiliation. The article mentioned above also states that: In 2003 the average incomes for all women earners in Ontario reached only 60% of their male counterparts.
The Canadian average was 62% (Step It Up Ontario).
This is meant to serve as the proof that it is womens underprivileged social status that prompts men to engage in violence against them. This, of course, is nothing but unsubstantiated assumption. We only need to look at statistical data, provided by Statistics Canada, in order to realize that violence against women in Ontario is not socially or economically, but culturally motivated. According to 2004 Transition Home Survey (THS): Aboriginal women in Ontario are 8 times more likely to suffer abuse than non-Aboriginal women, and of those women, 87% had been physically injured and 57% had been sexually abused. Women that represent ethnic minorities in Ontario are 4 times more likely to suffer abuse (THS, p. 14).
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Thus, the celebration of diversity in Ontario, as well as in the rest of Canada, is strongly associated with more and more women falling victims to their male partners, whose cultural allegiance often prompts them to consider women as commodity, rather then human beings.
(2) According to Ministry of Northern Development and Mines 1999 News Release Violence Against Women Prevention Projects: Across Ontario, the government spends more than $100 million annually on programs and services to address and prevent violence against women (MNDM).
There are currently thirty-two social programs in place that are meant to increase residents awareness, in regards to the issue of violence against women. In 2004, Ontarios Liberal government has announced an Action Plan to end violence against women. In her article Government announces domestic violence Action Plan, Pamela Cross provides readers with the clue as to what this plan is all about: Plan will focus on community-based supports for victims, training, prevention education and improvements to the justice system (Cross).
Unfortunately, the effectiveness of training and prevention education is not the subject to objective measuring. Thus, it will only be logical to conclude that $60 millions of taxpayers money, associated with plans implementation, are going to vanish without a trace, as it often happens when left-wing politicians are put in charge of designing domestic policies.
Nevertheless, it would be wrong to suggest that all social support systems, designed to help women dealing with domestic violence, only have a declarative nature. Ever since 1996, Provincial government has been very active in providing financial means for the construction of so-called violence shelters across the province. These shelters are intended to assist women and children that are fleeing domestic abuse. By 2005, there were 272 shelters build across Ontario, with plans to build another 120, within a matter of next five years. There are many examples of education being used in Ontario as the tool to prevent domestic violence. Boys at schools are being encouraged to look at representatives of opposite sex with respect.
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At the same time, educators willingness to instill children with the spirit of tolerance often backfires, because many teachers do not understand simple fact that boys will be boys and that girls will always be girls. For example, it became a customary practice in many Ontarios elementary schools to encourage boys to surrender their toy guns in exchange for dolls. In its turn, it creates preconditions for male psychological inadequateness, which later adopts anti-social forms and is often related to mens willingness to abuse their girlfriends and wives. Thus, we can say that the social programs, designed to help victims of domestic violence cannot alone be effective, when it comes to prevention of womens abuse. The anti-social behavior, on the part of abusive husbands or boyfriends, is the subject to criminal law. So far, the Federal law does not consider women as such that have privileged status, when it comes to protecting them from domestic violence.
In Ontario, just as in other Canadian provinces, the main mean of protection against domestic violence, from which women benefit immensely, is Constitution of Canada, which clearly states that every citizen of this country is entitled with the right to pursue happiness. Therefore, sexual and domestic abuse constitutes a violation of the most essential civil freedom that people in this country are guaranteed by law, regardless of their gender affiliation. (3) In recent times, the violence against women has been viewed in conjunction with other forms of oppression. Natalie Sokoloff and Ida Dupont, in their article Domestic Violence at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender, go as far as to suggest that no other opinion on the issue has the right to exist, but the one associated with promotion of left-wing agenda: Scholars have challenged the primacy of gender as an explanatory model of domestic violence and have emphasized the need to examine how other forms of inequality and oppression, such as racism, ethnocentrism, class privilege, and heterosexism, intersect with gender oppression(Sokoloff, Dupont, p. 39).
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We can only agree – there are many highly credited scholars, who are unfortunately deprived of any sense of logic whatsoever.
It is most likely that authors refer to them in their article. Nevertheless, for the people who do not strive to adjust the objective reality to some obscure set of beliefs, it is quite clear that if there is a link between violence against women and euro-centrism, for example, such link has an opposite properties to what it is assumed by the hawks of political correctness. As we have mentioned in the first part of this paper it is persons ethnic affiliation that defines his attitude towards representative of opposite sex more than anything else does. Once we have adopted the policy of multiculturalism, as foundation, upon which social policies in Canada are now being based, we might as well get ready to face the fact that people associated with diversity have the right to have their own understanding of what represents socially accepted type of behavior and what does not. For example, we have a large population of Muslims in Ontario. It is not a secret that many Muslims view women as such do not have a soul.
The question is: what kind of person is most likely to resort to violence against women – a Muslim, who believes that women are simply a commodity and actively practices this attitude, or person of European descend, who is being instilled with respect to women ever since his early childhood, even despite his affiliation with Christianity, which teaches that women need to be held responsible for the original sin? It is a truth that both religions exploit male arrogance, towards women, but Christians do not bend on their knees to pray God five times a day, the way Muslims do. There are many buzzwords that do not contain any actual meaning and that are being used for labeling people who do not agree with politically correct dogma being showed up their throats, such as: heterosexism, male chauvinism and classism. Only very naive person may believe that these words have anything to do with women being physically abused. We need to understand that it is the marginalization of Canadian society as whole, which causes more and more men to view violence towards women as the part of healthy relationship, just as it is the case in the countries of Third World. In its turn, this marginalization comes as logical result of people being encouraged to celebrate ethnic uniqueness, even though that being unique does not necessarily mean being useful. Therefore, can only talk about prejudices, as such that downgrade women socially, for as long as these prejudices derive out of twisted logic associated with referring to euro-centrism as something that undermines the integrity of Canadian society, even though nothing could be further from the truth.
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This is the reason, why despite the fact that various self-actualization and empowerment social programs are being financed in Ontario on progressively larger scale, the problem of domestic violence against women in this province becomes even more pressing, as time goes by.
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