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 DRC: Rape Is Being Used To Terrorise The Population Friday, 22 May 2015
42 GAMBIA: Young Women Trained On Leadership, Advocacy Skills Thursday, 21 May 2015
43 AFRICA: Violence Against Women and Girls 'Shames Every Society,' UN Anti-Crime Chief Warns Thursday, 21 May 2015
44 SOUTH AFRICA: Corrective Rape: The Homophobic Fallout Of Post-Apartheid South Africa Thursday, 21 May 2015
45 SOUTH SUDAN: UNICEF Warns Women and Children Beign Victimized 'With Frightening Regularity' Wednesday, 20 May 2015
46 AFRICA: Child Marriage a Form of Slavery: African Union Goodwill Ambassador Wednesday, 20 May 2015
47 NIGERIA: Nigeria's Bill Targeting FGM Is a Positive Step, but Must Be Backed by Investment Wednesday, 20 May 2015
48 EGYPT: Egyptian Authorities Using Sexual Violence on 'Massive Scale' Wednesday, 20 May 2015
49 SOUTH AFRICA: Violence Against Women 'Not a Priority for Government' Monday, 18 May 2015
50 ZIMBABWE: Women's Voices in Media Content Friday, 15 May 2015

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