HOW THE LACK OF EDUCATION WITHIN THE MINORITY LEADS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A minority group is represented by people who share similar characteristics and in many of the cases are discriminated and their rights violated. Women are a minority group because they are mistreated by the society where they come from and denied their rights including the right for every citizen to have quality education due to their gender.
Education is the continuous process of instruction that is aimed at developing people in an all round manner. It is vital especially in the development of boys and girls at a tender age and for adults as they strive to acquire specific skills and knowledge that shapes careers. Education dispels ignorance in people and it is the only source of human development that cannot be taken from someone or be robbed. Learning includes many aspects such as; moral values and the improvement of once character and the ways in which to increase the strength of mind. Lack of this basic education results to a number of problems domestic violence being among them (Buzawa 200).
Women are the most affected minority groups because in most cultures women have taken subordinate roles. Lack of basic education can result in domestic violence in a number of ways. This includes; Lack of independence in women, following of primitive traditions and cultures, poverty due to lack of education, jobs and funding initiatives, inadequate knowledge on human rights violations and stigma of victims of domestic violence. These are among the major causes of domestic violence in our societies today (Lopez & Carrillo 169).
Poverty hinders tackling of domestic violence cases. Most planning strategies against this violence require significant life changes, such as divorce or separation, which are efforts that require extensive use of the civil legal system to obtain court orders for custody, protection or child support, which requires money, which uneducated poor women who are jobless may not have. In addition, a woman must also be able to financially support herself and her children after she leaves her abusive partner. In many locations, there are programs that provide housing and temporary cash assistance, childcare, and free legal representation (Sokoloff & Pratt 4)
However, most of these programs have limited funding, offer short-term resources, and regularly turn away applicants. As a result, some low-income battered women simply are without the income, government support, or access to services necessary to fully implement a safety plan. Cultures and traditions also play a role in that some social customs and traditions uphold male pride and honor often justifies violence against women; such practice is leading to infliction of physical as well as psychological violence.
Domestic violence is treated as internal matters and there is a culture of silence around domestic violence. Publicity is regarded a disgrace for the family or clan. Polygamy also is a prevailing practice among some indigenous groups, which place women in a situation of humiliation, helplessness and mental instability (Lind & Brzuzy 602). These kind of unfair cultural and traditional practices are most common in places where education lacks. This is making women become vulnerable having no voice. Human right understanding is also a main cause of continued violation and mistreatment of women. Most women due to lack of education do not understand human rights.
The development of an international legal mechanism for addressing such human rights violations/abuses represent a significant step forward, however there are a number of challenges remaining. Specifically ways in which the international human rights instruments and the treaty bodies be made relevant to individual women when so many women are uneducated (Cook 499).
In conclusion, it is clear that the issue of domestic violence especially within the minority groups like women and children requires urgent attention. Each and every citizen regardless of gender or race requires to be treated with dignity and her rights respected.
Reference: Violence by Cook , Sokoloff & Pratt 2009.