“I was once talking to a black man about gender”, the famous Nigerian author Chimamanda Adiche said, “and he said to me, “Why do you have to say ‘my experience as a woman’? Why can’t it be ‘my experience as a human being’?” Now, this is the same man who would often talk about his experience as a black man.”
Most people tend to have the same question that man had for Chimamanda. Why does it have to be about gender? Why do you have to call rape or domestic violence “Gender Based Violence” or “Violence Against Women”? Why can’t it be just ‘violence’? Why do you have to make it gender issue? True, it is a human right but we need to be specific about certain things. The name comes from the attribute of the problem.