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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
41 NIGERIA: Nigeria: 'Killing Of Twins Persists In FCT Villages' Tuesday, 27 October 2015
42 ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia: New Jolie Film Puts Spotlight On Ethiopia's Child Bride Abductions Tuesday, 27 October 2015
43 AFRICA: UNHCR Concerned At Reports of Sexual Violence Against Refugee Women and Children Monday, 26 October 2015
44 SOMALIA: Ministry of Women and Human Rights Says It Will Stop Gender‐based Violence Monday, 26 October 2015
45 GHANA: Ghana: Gender Ministry Implements Social Protection Interventions For Vulnerable Groups Monday, 26 October 2015
46 NAMIBIA: Namibia: No Peace In Namibia's Killing Fields Monday, 26 October 2015
47 INTERNATIONAL: One-third Of All Women Face Sexual Or Physical Violence, But Education Has Positive Impact: UN Report Friday, 23 October 2015
48 INTERNATIONAL: Against An Orange Stage, A Powerful Performance Raises Funds To End Violence Against Women Friday, 23 October 2015
49 AFRICA: Melinda Gates Urges On Global Goals Thursday, 22 October 2015
50 KENYA: Shelters for Battered Females Are Scarce in Kenya, But One Woman’s Group Works to ‘Rescue a Sister’ Thursday, 22 October 2015

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