As Women’s Day approached, there was a growing conversation about the importance of empowering women and girls. BSM Global Association has been actively advocating for women’s empowerment through speaking out on the importance of sexual reproductive health and education in preventing communities and households from becoming high-risk areas for gender-based violence.
BSM recently had the opportunity to meet with Julia Farrugia Portelli, the Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organizations, and Consumer Rights of Malta, to discuss this important issue. During the meeting, they had a wonderful exchange about the importance of access and equity to sexual reproductive health and education.
BSM emphasized that sexual reproductive health and education are fundamental tools in preventing gender-based violence. She believes that this should be a mandatory policy for all countries.
“Often, domestic sexual abuse happens when the victim is unaware of what is normal and what should not be tolerated. By providing the tools for households to be equipped with body autonomy and consent, awareness grows and the risk of exposure to GBV decreases.” BSM Founder & President
They also discussed the importance of empowering girls and women to speak up and cut a line, no matter how difficult it may be. Empowerment should be a universal language so that every girl or woman who is suffering finds the courage to take a stand.
As we celebrate Women’s Day, let us continue to support women and girls in their quest for equality and empowerment. By providing access and equity to sexual reproductive health and education, we can help prevent gender-based violence and create a better world for all.