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: Egyptian Authorities Using Sexual Violence on 'Massive Scale' Wednesday, 20 May 2015
12 SOUTH AFRICA: Violence Against Women 'Not a Priority for Government' Monday, 18 May 2015
13 ZIMBABWE: Women's Voices in Media Content Friday, 15 May 2015
14 ZIMBABWE: Feminist Groups Back Disgraced Miss Zimbabwe Tuesday, 12 May 2015
15 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Falling Short in Gender Equality Standards Wednesday, 06 May 2015
16 NIGERIA: Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation, Violence Wednesday, 06 May 2015
17 AFRICA: Media to Play a Key Role in Eliminating FGM Tuesday, 05 May 2015
18 NIGERIA: Nigerian Troops Free 234 More Women and Children from Boko Haram Tuesday, 05 May 2015
19 NORTH AFRICA: Charity Opens ‘First Refuge’ for N/African Women Monday, 04 May 2015
20 SOUTH AFRICA: Preventing Violence Against Women - All Talk and No Action Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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