Â End violence towards women!
The theme chosen by the United Nations for this year’s International Women”s Day is:
â€œA promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against womenâ€
The theme from Status of Women Canada is similar:
“Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women”
This years’s theme brought me back to my childhood and inspired me to write this one-page story. The characters from my comic book series Stairway Stories, Doudou, Danny, his cousin Michel, Marion, the best friend, and Louise, the friend-ennemy witness Â a situation of domestic violence and intervene… Looking back, it seems to me that there was a lot of domestic violence around us when I was growing up. Not only from men towards women but from parents towards children, and children towards children. I remember a particular family, a friend from school who also lived in my neighborhood. This school friend, “GaÃ«tane” in my story, not only suffered violence at the hands of her parents, but Â was also hit by her older brothers. Â I was also puzzled and horrified to see how she herself acted towards her little sister. She could go, in a few short moments, from being Â extraordinarily affectionate to terribly brutal. Violence towards women begins early..