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 TUNISIA: Informal Work, A Factor To Be Included In Strategies Addressing Gender Based Violence Monday, 23 June 2014
42 AFRICA: Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM Monday, 23 June 2014
43 ETHIOPIA: Shocking Sexual Violence Against Women In Ogaden Thursday, 19 June 2014
44 NAMIBIA: Call For End To Child Marriages, Teenage Pregnancies In Africa Thursday, 19 June 2014
45 INTERNATIONAL: Is This The Beginning Of The End Of The War On Women’s Bodies? Wednesday, 18 June 2014
46 LIBERIA: War Long Over in Liberia, but Why Is There Still So Much Rape? Wednesday, 18 June 2014
47 INTERNATIONAL: Women and Girls are Dying for Lack of Toilets; Businesses Can Help Tuesday, 17 June 2014
48 EGYPT: Demonstrators Rally Against Sexual Harassment Tuesday, 17 June 2014
49 INTERNATIONAL: UN Findings Flag Violence, Abuse of Older Women Accused of Witchcraft Tuesday, 17 June 2014
50 DR Congo: British Aid Money May Unwittingly be Funding Rape & Torture Monday, 16 June 2014

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