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 EGYPT: Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise in Egypt’s Rural Areas Monday, 07 July 2014
42 MALAWI: Chiefs Fueling Gender Based Violence Monday, 07 July 2014
43 NIGERIA: Troops Arrest 3 Female Terrorists in Borno Monday, 07 July 2014
44 NIGERIA: Boko Haram-63 Women Escaped, Slain Colonel Abubakar Shonba Identified Monday, 07 July 2014
45 MALAWI: What Links Hyenas, Shaved Heads And Child Marriage In Malawi? Thursday, 03 July 2014
46 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Refugees Vulnerable to Gender Violence Wednesday, 02 July 2014
47 NIGERIA: Missing Girls: Troops Arrest Businessman In Connection With Boko Haram Abductions Wednesday, 02 July 2014
48 AFRICA: Bank Project Will Help Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Africa's Great Lakes Region Tuesday, 01 July 2014
49 EGYPT: Female Prisoners in Egypt Suffer Rampant Abuse Tuesday, 01 July 2014
50 UGANDA: Ugandan Men Worst Wife Batterers Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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