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: Fear of Ebola Curbs Genital Mutilation of Girls in West Africa Thursday, 15 January 2015
12 SIERRA LEONE: Minister Warns Against Growing Gender Based Violence Saturday, 10 January 2015
13 GAMBIA: SHE SHE SHE: Building A World Free Of Violence, Torture Against Women And Girls In 2015 Friday, 09 January 2015
14 LIBERIA: ‘Mark On My Face’: Domestic Violence, A Hidden Weapon In Liberia Friday, 09 January 2015
15 INTERNATIONAL: How Good Dads Can Change the World Thursday, 08 January 2015
16 TANZANIA: 643 Tarime Female Cut Escapees to Return Home Tuesday, 06 January 2015
17 INTERNATIONAL: Treat Gender Violence Like Any Other Epidemic Tuesday, 06 January 2015
18 NIGERIA: Actress Joins Fight Against Domestic Violence Monday, 05 January 2015
19 AMERICA: Lawmakers Put Violence Against Women on the Agenda for 2015 Monday, 22 December 2014
20 MALAWI: Malawi Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Women, Children Friday, 19 December 2014

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