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 NIGERIA: Women Raise Alarm Over Rise in Rape Cases in Borno Tuesday, 19 August 2014
42 KENYA: FGM Forces 10 Year-Old Girls to Flee Homes Tuesday, 19 August 2014
43 EGYPT: Positive step, but not enough': Women's groups React to Tahrir Sexual Assault verdict Monday, 11 August 2014
44 LIBERIA: UN Women Reinforces Campaign to End Violence Wednesday, 30 July 2014
45 ANGOLA: Criminal Investigation Chief Backs Awareness to Decrease Violence Tuesday, 29 July 2014
46 INTERNATIONAL: Too Many Girls’ Lives are Still Being Destroyed by FGM & Child Marriage Monday, 28 July 2014
47 ZIMBABWE: ‘Not Ripe for Marriage’ Campaign Launched Monday, 28 July 2014
48 DRC: Sexual Slavery Rife in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Says MSF Monday, 28 July 2014
49 LIBERIA: Women Reinforce Campaign to End Violence Against Women Monday, 28 July 2014
50 NIGERIA: Women Affairs Ministry to Partner USAID, NACA on HIV/AIDS Monday, 28 July 2014

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