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 AFRICA: Study in Congo Reveals Dramatic Impact of Group Therapy On Sexual Violence Survivors in War Zones Thursday, 06 June 2013
532 LIBERIA: Lawless Liberia: Legal Failure Renews Global Calls For Female Genital Cut Law Tuesday, 04 June 2013
533 MALAWI: Mchinji Police Officers Geared to Fight GBV Through Gewe Project Monday, 03 June 2013
534 SOMALIA: Defending My Wife - The Other Story of Sexual Violence in Somalia Friday, 31 May 2013
535 AFRICA: Contextualizing Gender Based Violence Within Patriarchy in Nigeria Friday, 31 May 2013
536 SOMALIA: Stiffer Penalties, Formal Justice to Curb Rape in Somaliland Wednesday, 29 May 2013
537 RWANDA: Law On Sexual Harassment Needed Tuesday, 28 May 2013
538 INTERNATIONAL: Poverty Increases Violence against Women: Study Tuesday, 28 May 2013
539 EGYPT: Special Female Police Unit to cCombat Violence Against Women Tuesday, 28 May 2013
540 Ivory Coast: Rape Plagues Ivory Coast Long After Conflict's End Friday, 24 May 2013

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