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: No Justice for Autistic Girl Raped in Kariobangi Tuesday, 25 March 2014
42 SOUTH AFRICA: Call Centre a Lifeline for Women Monday, 24 March 2014
43 KENYA: Kuria girls resist female cut as prevalence falls Monday, 24 March 2014
44 MALAWI: Gender based violence cases decline - Police Monday, 24 March 2014
45 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Sexual Violence Is Constant Threat, UN Envoy Warns Sunday, 23 March 2014
46 DRC: Interrupting The Silence, Addressing Congo's Sexual Violence Crisis Sunday, 23 March 2014
47 TANZANIA: How Health Of Women, Childern Disrupted By Gender-Based Violence Thursday, 20 March 2014
48 RWANDA: Rights Group Calls For Increased Advocacy On Women's Rights Thursday, 20 March 2014
49 DRC: Portraits Of Three Women In Congo: Their Lives, Their Rapes, Their Recovery Thursday, 20 March 2014
50 SOUTH AFRICA: COSATU NW takes up the fight against gender based violence Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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