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 KENYA: Masai Woman Rebels by Insisting on Being Equal Wednesday, 11 February 2015
42 TANZANIA: Hundreds of Tanzanian Girls Run Away from Home to Avoid FGM Wednesday, 11 February 2015
43 THE GAMBIA: Girls Agenda on Sexual Violence Against Women Wednesday, 11 February 2015
44 SIERRA LEONE: Sex Crimes Up Amid Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Tuesday, 10 February 2015
45 INTERNATIONAL: UN Alarmed at Rising Attacks Against Schoolgirls Worldwide Monday, 09 February 2015
46 INTERNATIONAL: Pope Condemns Female Mutilation, Domestic Violence Against Women Monday, 09 February 2015
47 INTERNATIONAL: Unbound Joins Fight To Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Friday, 06 February 2015
48 SOUTH AFRICA: ANC Sends Condolences to Kayde Williams Family Thursday, 05 February 2015
49 EGYPT: Violence Against Women and Children Costs Egypt $147bn Yearly Friday, 30 January 2015
50 LIBERIA: A National Call Against Rape & Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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