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: Gombe to Enact Child Rights Law To Protect Children, Women Monday, 14 December 2015
42 KENYA: Kenya: Sh4m Recovery Centre For GBV Victims Launched In Nairobi Monday, 14 December 2015
43 AFRICA: Africa: Marking Human Rights Day With Focus On Engaging Young Men To End Child Marriage Monday, 14 December 2015
44 MORROCCO: New Draft Law To Combat Human Trafficking Brings Hope In Morocco Sunday, 13 December 2015
45 AFRICA: African Governments Strengthen Steps To End Child Marriage, Says Human Rights Watch Friday, 11 December 2015
46 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Families Of Jayde And Reeva March Together To End Violence Against Women Friday, 11 December 2015
47 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Alleged Killer of 'Clitoris Collector's' Wife Faces More Charges Friday, 11 December 2015
48 BOTSWANA: Churches Take Gender Based Violence Head On Thursday, 10 December 2015
49 AFRICA: UN Champions Prevention As Best Hope for Eliminating Violence Against Women Thursday, 10 December 2015
50 SWAZILAND: Swazi Culture and Wife Beating Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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