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
531 SUDAN: Ending Violence against Women: A Challenge for Development Wednesday, 31 July 2013
532 INTERNATIONAL: These Survivor Stories Will Wake You Up to the Shocking Amount of Violence Against Women Worldwide Tuesday, 30 July 2013
533 DRC: M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians: New Evidence of Rwandan Support for M23 Tuesday, 30 July 2013
534 SUDAN: Ending Violence against Women: A Challenge for Development Monday, 29 July 2013
535 SOUTH AFRICA: Educators Call for 365 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse Friday, 26 July 2013
536 DRC: M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians Friday, 26 July 2013
537 NIGERIA: Bill On Rape Coming in Lagos Thursday, 25 July 2013
538 AFRICA: Uganda to host African Queens, First Ladies' meet Thursday, 25 July 2013
539 DRC: New Initiative to Combat Violence against Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday, 23 July 2013
540 SOUTH AFRICA: Woman's Killing Shame On Men - Premier Modise Tuesday, 23 July 2013

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