TOPIC BRIEFS

Combating Domestic Violence Against Women in Rural Areas

Several attitudes toward violence, isolation, fear of exposure, lack of resources to facilitate leaving a violent relationship, and lack of sufficient services for victims of violence contribute to domestic violence. Domestic violence is an issue that tackles the social-cultural and humanitarian aspects of our modern world. Cultural stigmas have made themselves present throughout time which has worked to promote toxic masculinity and worked to undermine the rights of women. The issue itself is not related to religion, rather is related to society’s outlook and viewpoint on women. Rural areas face this issue at a higher rate due to the presence of factors such as lack of education, undeveloped mentality and lack of resources present which would assist victims to speak out. Rural areas will oftentimes be more distant from the modern world, which carries with it backward views and mentalities on a woman’s role and the manner in which is regarded. A study has shown that 37 percent of woman face domestic violence in rural areas in comparison to the 23.5 that do in Urban areas. These numbers could obviously be raised even higher in other countries. Domestic violence is an international issue that must be dealt with. Especially in areas that lack the appropriate resources and amenities to help a woman leave such situations and seek help. This social stigma may be embedded into people in all sectors of society in rural areas whereby it may provide a woman with a barrier of sorts. It also may also allow people to turn a blind eye to what they may see. 

Creating A Framework to Appropriately Support Those Suffering from Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are health conditions that tend to manipulate one’s emotions, thinking, and/or behavior. There are various types of mental illnesses or “disorders” that could take over an individual’s well-being such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and many more. The topic of mental illnesses is often frowned upon and has always been avoided. This prevents those who are suffering from such mental illnesses to be afraid to seek help or treatment as they are worried about being judged by members of their community. Individuals tend to shame others on their suffering due to certain illness, which can result in worsening their state of mind and affecting their mental health. Unfortunately, some mental illnesses come consequences such as severe behavioral changes that could potentially lead to suicidal thoughts. This has been found to be the most prominent in teenagers as they lack the appropriate support in order to prevent such thoughts. 

 

In some countries, mental health crises have arisen, and their root cause has been proven to be due to a lack of appropriate support from their communities and governments. Many fail to receive treatment for mental illnesses as mental health services are not always accessible and available to all. For some, it could also be quite costly therefore stopping them from seeking the appropriate help. An April 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll found that 13% of Americans could not afford to receive mental health treatments, 12% of Americans’ insurance wouldn’t cover treatments, 10% are afraid and/or embarrassed to receive help, and 8% did not know where to receive mental health care. This goes to show that in some of the major parts of the world, people are unaware of what it feels like to be suffering from a mental illness, as well as many countries do not know how to deal with or help those who are suffering. Therefore, it is about time to shine a light on the important issue of the lack of support towards those suffering from mental illnesses.

Tackling the issue of Travel Ban being implemented in the U.S.

A travel ban, in literal terms, means denying a certain individual and or group of individuals entry into a specific country. However, in recent years the concept of a travel ban has become shifted towards a different narrative. One that targets individuals and prohibits the entry into the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs, or the prominent belief followed by their country. Formally known as an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The travel ban imposed by the United States has also become known as the “Muslim Ban.” Whereby it works to prevent entry into the United States from countries such as  IranIraqLibyaSomaliaSudanSyria, and Yemen. The concept of a “travel ban” has become increasingly popular in recent years. This comes as a result of the Trump administration’s constant attempts to enforce it since January 27, 2017. Often referred to as the “Muslim Ban” the ban targets Muslim countries; aiming to deny entry to anyone coming from these nations. Internationally this topic has become a topic of debate. Does a nation’s right to protect mean denying entry to any individual coming from a specific nation? Should racism and prejudice be allowed to take a role in global politics? Finally, should those who are innocent from any acts of terror be denied entry into a nation, simply because of their religious beliefs? This comes hand in hand with the fact that there is no concrete evidence on why these specific countries were chosen for the travel ban.