The Maria da Penha Law describes physical and psychological violence as well as moral, sexual and economic violence. These forms of aggression are complex, and perverse; they do not occur isolated from each other, and have serious consequences for women. Any of them is an act of violation of human rights and must be reported.
Whether in the public or private sphere, abuses against women occur in many ways. Sentences like “Only sluts wear red lipstick”; “Respectful women don’t drink”; "If she was wearing that skirt on the street, she was asking for it”; “Women that have sex on the first date are not marriage material”; “A woman's place is in the kitchen”; “Not all women enjoy being beaten, only the normal ones do”, among many others, create a cultural panorama of a patriarchal society that legitimizes, promotes and silences violence against women.
Changing this mentality and fighting gender stereotypes is one way to deal with this kind of aggression and to make it clear that it is no longer acceptable. It’s #TimeToStop violence against women.
“I also knew about a type of violence inflicted almost invisibly, which is the prejudice against women, the disrespect that opens the way to more severe and serious acts against us. Despite our achievements, even though we do not have the best opportunities, they often still say that we are inferior, and this continues to appear in public comments, jokes, songs, movies or publicity pieces. They say that we are bad drivers, that we like to be beaten, that we should restrict ourselves to cooking, to bed or to shadows.”
Maria da Penha
Excerpt from the book Sobrevivi... posso contar (I survived, I can tell) (2012)