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Violence Against Women

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 AFRICA: Africa: Combating Gender-Based Violence In Africa - Was The APRM A Responsive Framework? Tuesday, 24 November 2015
12 ZIMBABWE. Zimbabwe: Women To Blame For Rape Because Of Clothes They Wear - Grace Mugabe Tuesday, 24 November 2015
13 INTERNATIONAL: Prevent Violence Against Women Monday, 23 November 2015
14 SOUTH AFRICA: Why South Africa Can Be Accused Of Hating Its Young Women Monday, 23 November 2015
15 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Limpopo Launches 16 Days Of Activism For No Violence Against Women And Children, 24 Nov Monday, 23 November 2015
16 ZAMBIA: Zambia: Long Sentences Failing To Curb Sex Offences Monday, 23 November 2015
17 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Ending Violence Starts With Empowering Women Friday, 20 November 2015
18 GAMBIA: Campaign to End Cutting of Women Intensifies Thursday, 19 November 2015
19 SOUTH AFRICA; Ending Violence Starts With Empowering Women Thursday, 19 November 2015
20 GAMBIA: Committed to End Violence Against Women, Girl Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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