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: UN Special Delegation Urges FG To Prosecute Violaters Or Women's Rights in IDPS Camps Monday, 25 January 2016
12 SOUTH SUDAN: UN: South Sudan Troops Held Women As Sex Slaves Friday, 22 January 2016
13 AFRICA: West African Women Lament Plight Of Womenfolk Thursday, 21 January 2016
14 KENYA: Women-Only Villages Help to Prevent Domestic-Violence and Rape Tuesday, 19 January 2016
15 RWANDA: GBV Blamed On Alcohol Abuse Tuesday, 19 January 2016
16 NIGERIA: Chibok Girls Kidnap: Nigerian President Orders New Investigation Monday, 18 January 2016
17 GAMBIA: Gambia's President Jammeh Lifts Ban On Uncovered Hair Sunday, 17 January 2016
18 NIGERIA: Nigeria: NIMR Boss Warns Women That Abortion Is Incomplete Until Evacuation Is Done Sunday, 17 January 2016
19 KENYA: Kenya: Rural Women Approve Of Abuse Sunday, 17 January 2016
20 NIGERIA: Nigeria: Thousands March For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Sunday, 17 January 2016

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