Violence Against Women

'We strongly condemn all forms of violence against women in Africa. Whether domestic violence or rape and killings in some parts of the continent in conflict, ..... There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable. 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

saynouniteViolence against women is the most shameful human rights violation. Gender based violence not only violates human rights, but also hampers productivity, reduces human capital and undermines economic growth. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime. This horrible act occurs everywhere - at home, at schools, at work, in the streets and it happens both in peacetime and wartime.

Violence against women takes many forms: psychological; physical; economic; and social. It includes acts such as: female genitale mutilation, marital rape, forced marriage, sexual harassment, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, trafficking, prostitution, intimidation at work and in educational institutions. use of rape as war weapon in conflict zones.

In war zones it is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier and rape is being used as war weapon to terrorise populations. It is clear that most of these violations remain unpunished and perpetrators rely on the culture of unpunity to commit these acts.

All of us – men and women, soldiers and peacekeepers, citizens and leaders – have a responsibility to help end violence against women.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 For more information on violence against women, please visit the following websites:

Statement to the security council of the special representative of the secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict, 14 October 2010

Security Council Resolution 1820: What it Says, Why it Matters, How it Works

Title Date
11 SWAZILAND: Govt Disowns Hlobi’s ‘No Means Yes’ Statement Monday, 14 July 2014
12 THE GAMBIA: Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia Monday, 14 July 2014
13 KENYA: Kenya Can Wipe Out FGM Once & For All Thursday, 10 July 2014
14 NAMIBIA: Namibia Praised For Tackling GBV Thursday, 10 July 2014
15 NIGERIA: Schoolgirls’ll Be Rescued Soon – Council Of State Wednesday, 09 July 2014
16 NIGERIA: 63 Abducted Women, Girls Escape from Boko Haram Tuesday, 08 July 2014
17 SOMALIA: Somali Ministry of Women Launches Training On Gender-Based Violence Tuesday, 08 July 2014
18 EGYPT: Government Body to Implement new Strategy to Protect Women Against Violence Tuesday, 08 July 2014
19 EGYPT: Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise in Egypt’s Rural Areas Monday, 07 July 2014
20 MALAWI: Chiefs Fueling Gender Based Violence Monday, 07 July 2014

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