“What would you do if your sister calls you and tells you that she has been beaten by her husband? What would you do if your daughter comes back from college and she has been date-raped?” asked Patricia Shea in her Nashville Ted Talk.
It is sad and unfortunate how we are comfortable speaking in public about different issues such as private health whereas we feel uncomfortable and unprepared to discuss topics like violence against women and girls, she says.
How true is that especially in the Middle East? Don’t you know someone who is constantly beaten up by her father, brother, husband, or boyfriend but never opens up about it and feels so ashamed of being a victim of domestic violence?
Women should speak up and never feel ashamed because it is not their fault.
In her Ted Talk, Patricia speaks about a Basketball coach who uses all of the power he has to make sure that he will nurture a generation that does not abuse women. “You abuse, you lose”, “If you abuse, you will lose your scholarship”. This is what every man in the world should do, they must use their job position and influence to change the way men and boys treat women and girls.
In brief, “to break the cycle, good men need to stand up and get involved.” Watch the Ted Talk below to know why and how men can end violence against women and girls.
Indeed, “a house where a woman is unsafe is not a home.” ~Anonymous
“ Challenge to Change, is an initiative aimed at raising awareness about mental health for women from the Middle East. It is a platform for dialogue and support, enabling women to share their experiences, strengths and hope while being supported by mental health professionals. Through raising awareness and taking on the stigma, Challenge to Change has created safe communication channels and support groups with the objective of providing effective and lasting solutions.
Challenge to Change is THE voice for mental wellness for women from the Middle East.”