Physical aggression against women is a growing epidemic. While many organisations, countries and societies are trying to fight against it; it has been for the most times, proven effective only for a limited period of time. This is manly because aggression aimed towards women are a result of factors such as political climate, socio-economic flux, income distribution, education & the outlook of society towards women. In all the forms of aggression aimed at women, Domestic Violence is the least talked about. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 women say that they have been in an abusive relationship. In India almost 70% of women have reported to have been in an abusive relationship and meanwhile, in Russia the statics are the worst. 14,000 women die each year due to Domestic abuse while they have no good laws standing against it.In
Russia, the statics of Domestic violence is extremely high and unreasonable. And what is more surprising is that, its a topic not much conversed about in Russia. This time the women have decided to take things into their own hands by spreading awareness and asking the government to pass a bill against domestic violence as soon as possible. The initiative was taken by human rights activists Alena Popova and Alexandra Mitroshina. They launched a campaign asking social media users to post pictures of themselves with the hashtag (I didn't want to die) and also to sign a petition.One Russian blogger wrote -
"Every third women in Russia is beaten by her husband or partner. Every 45 minutes a woman is killed - at home - frightening numbers. Someone will criticise, 'Bloggers painted bruises and are hyping up.' But this hype is really necessary. It is because the public opinion should be changed in the first place.”
Women are sharing pictures of themselves in bloody make up and with the hashtags. Human rights Activist Alexandra Mitroshina, organised a photoshoot of herself in bloody makeup and with the hashtag imprinted on her. It has gained over 420,000 likes, till now and is widely being shared by everyone in the country. The hashtag has also been shared with #metoo & the hashtag #NotHerFault. This social media initiative has mainly been activated to put pressure on the government and to push them pass a bill as soon as possible. Change will have to happen in society's mind. The law won't change much on how people behave and treat women but its one good place to start!