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 EGYPT: Stripped, Beaten, Humiliated’ and Barred From Her Own Trial in Egypt Tuesday, 09 June 2015
12 SUDAN: Dialogues Needed to Tackle Violence Against Women, ‘Accountability Deficit’ in Sudan – UN Expert Wednesday, 03 June 2015
13 NIGERIA: Four Students Gang-Rape Female Colleague in Ondo Friday, 29 May 2015
14 SUDAN: Dialogues Needed to Tackle Violence Against Women, ‘Accountability Deficit’ in Sudan – UN expert Thursday, 28 May 2015
15 KENYA: Court Denies Four 'Al Shabaab Brides' Bail Thursday, 28 May 2015
16 ZANZIBAR: Zanzibar Fights Violence Against Women Wednesday, 27 May 2015
17 DRC: Rape Is Being Used To Terrorise The Population Friday, 22 May 2015
18 GAMBIA: Young Women Trained On Leadership, Advocacy Skills Thursday, 21 May 2015
19 AFRICA: Violence Against Women and Girls 'Shames Every Society,' UN Anti-Crime Chief Warns Thursday, 21 May 2015
20 SOUTH AFRICA: Corrective Rape: The Homophobic Fallout Of Post-Apartheid South Africa Thursday, 21 May 2015

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