John Vincent Obias

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, 2020

– Alcohol markers and colored pencil on vellum board

“You made me your wife so I’ll be queen till the end of my life…

there’s no way!”

-Catherine of Aragon (SIX)

“If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.” That’s how Thomas Cromwell described Catherine of Aragon, a Queen of England. She was abused and divorced by her husband, King Henry VIII, for not bearing a son, and accused of being cursed for being his brother’s ex-wife.

According to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, domestic violence is one of the greatest human rights violations. In the previous 12 months (before COVID-19 existed), 243 million women and girls (aged 15-49) across the world have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner. 

Read: [Violence against women and girls: The shadow pandemic]

Now that we are in the midst of pandemic and a lot of countries have been in lock down, a rise in the cases of domestic violence has been reported in different countries.

Read: [The shadow pandemic: Violence against women and girls and COVID-19]

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