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 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Kidnapped Women, Children are 'Sex Slaves' in Congo - Doctors Without Borders Friday, 18 July 2014
42 EGYPT: Egypt Sentences 7 Men to Life In Prison For Sexual Assaults Wednesday, 16 July 2014
43 LIBERIA: 2,652 Domestic Violence Cases Reported - Rape Dominates Wednesday, 16 July 2014
44 DR CONGO: UN Hails Appointment of Senior Adviser on Sexual Violence, Child Recruitment Monday, 14 July 2014
45 EGYPT: Human Rights Organisation Condemns Violence Against Female Activists Monday, 14 July 2014
46 LIBERIA: Gender Ministry Seeks Media Platform Monday, 14 July 2014
47 SWAZILAND: Govt Disowns Hlobi’s ‘No Means Yes’ Statement Monday, 14 July 2014
48 THE GAMBIA: Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia Monday, 14 July 2014
49 KENYA: Kenya Can Wipe Out FGM Once & For All Thursday, 10 July 2014
50 NAMIBIA: Namibia Praised For Tackling GBV Thursday, 10 July 2014

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