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Why Violence Against Women Can Break A Society

Picture of Nikki Vargas
Travel Editor
Updated: 8 September 2017
Misogyny is all too common worldwide. Whether it’s an off-color remark, a physical grab, or worse, many fear that in Donald Trump’s America, people will follow his example when it comes to disrespecting women. What Trump’s election illustrates us is that acceptance of violence against women – whether physical or verbal – is a global pandemic that risks being normalized in this new reality.

Culture Trip spoke with Amy Richards: an American activist, writer, feminist and producer of VICELAND’s show, WOMAN, which focuses on the myriad of dangers facing women today.

“I want people to take seriously the degree to which violence against women isn’t just hurting those individual women – it’s hurting economies, it’s hurting cultures, it’s hurting future generations – and the more we tolerate and normalize that violence, the more damage we’re going to do to ourselves,” explains Richards.

In light of recent events, it seems more important than ever to remember the larger ramifications of gender violence and discrimination. “Violence against women,” continues Richards, “is the best indicator about a country’s ability to thrive or fail.”