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 NIGERIA: Suspected Islamist Rebels Abduct Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls: Teacher Wednesday, 16 April 2014
12 LIBERIA: Men of Change Supports Girls' Education Tuesday, 15 April 2014
13 SOUTHERN AFRICA: MISA Bemoans Gender Inequality Tuesday, 15 April 2014
14 RWANDA: Trauma Still Fresh for Rwanda's Survivors of Genocidal Rape Tuesday, 15 April 2014
15 ZAMBIA: Tackling Early Marriages in Masaiti District Tuesday, 15 April 2014
16 TANZANIA: Child Marriages - Marrying Off Girls No Panacea for Poverty Tuesday, 15 April 2014
17 AFRICA: A Glimmer of Hope for Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Crime in Africa Tuesday, 15 April 2014
18 RWANDA: Severe Gender Violence Damaged Women Health During Genocide Monday, 14 April 2014
19 MOROCCO: Moroccans Women Demand Gender Equality Monday, 14 April 2014
20 ZIMBABWE: Name and Shame the Perpetrators Friday, 11 April 2014

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