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Pixel project: stopping violence against women together

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When Regina Yau received two SOS mails from the Malaysia Women’s Aid Foundation in the same week, she knew something wasn’t right. She realized that the foundation was and still is at a great loss of funds. 

There seemed to be lack of donors and decrease in pledges. Regina noted such state of affairs and decided to do something about it. Her eagerness and drive to help the community of women suffered due to domestic violence led her to brainstorm variety of ideas.

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Coming from a conservative family background herself, and witnessing the hardships of her grandmother, she decided it is time to put an end to abuse towards women in all its forms. 

She created Pixel Project in hopes to aid the Women’s Aid Foundation for the desired betterment. Malaysia Women’s Aid foundation shares its funds with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), which is the Pixel Projects US partner.

There are numerous people out there who do not understand the gravity of this situation. I personally have posters on my bedroom wall from various violence against women nonprofit organizations; declaring motivating and empowering statements. 

When people ask me why or something as ignorant as ‘How does this matter to you’, I take deep breathes and try to explain, as calmly as possible, the situation of women in this world. 

As a women, and more importantly a human, protecting human rights should be default to all of us.

There are a few myths about domestic violence that I would like to tackle.

Firstly, it is believed that domestic violence consists of physical abuse. While this is true, it also includes emotional and psychological abuse. 

Fear of one’s partner or being threatened in a relationship, creates mental distress and can lead to serious implications such as suicide.

In fact, studies done in a few countries namely India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, depict high correlation between mental trauma and suicide. Violence against women also includes sexual abuse and rape in close relationships, femiside, forced marriages and prostitution, sex selective abortion and honor killing.

Another misleading fact is that domestic violence applies only to women. Clearly, women are on the stickier end of this rope; however, the statistics imply that fewer but considerable amounts of men undergo physical and mental abuse by their partners as well. 

In a recent survey done by NVAW found that 8 % of the surveyed men were raped or physically abused by their spouse. In order words, these findings result in approximately 1.5 million women and 834,700 men who are raped or physically abused by a partner annually in United States.

Lastly, most people believe such abuse takes place in rural areas or under developed countries. This is wrongly assumed because statistics show that women living in industrialized countries are more or less at the same level of risk of violence of women residing in other countries. 

 Of course, the kind or type of violence exhibited onto them may vary depending on the cultural context; however, the impact of the violence on a woman remains the same throughout the world. 

 For instance, a survey done in UK found that 28% of the women admitted being slapped or physically abused by their partners, while a 38 % of wives in Korea admitted to the same.

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