From stalking to domestic violence, gender-based violence comes in many forms yet still remains a taboo around the world. The #MeToo movement has done an important job of showcasing the effects of abuse in the workplace in the U.S., but it has yet to make an impact in other parts of the world. More importantly, #MeToo movement is characterized by Hollywood and working women. There's a large number of women who don't have the luxury of being their own advocates.
Immigrant and refugee women aren't usually considered part of the conversation. Yet, they're most likely to be victims of abuse without any access to resources. This is because refugee and immigrant women don't fully understand the systems in place to help them gain autonomy in their new homes. More importantly, some cultures impose the subordination of women, but many cultures still do. As a result, misogyny and sexism are commonly considered the norm. Despite America's own inherent issues with sexism and misogynous, women possess more access and potential in this country. It's then an uphill battle between previous and new cultural practices and norms.
The IRCM, as fellow immigrants, works towards advocating for women and children in abusive situations. Immigrant and refugee women face a tough battle of misogynistic cultural norms and rules, and we want to give them the guiding hand necessary to overcome it.