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 WESTERN SAHARA: Moroccan Violence Against Saharawi Women Denounced in Tipasa Tuesday, 26 November 2013
532 AFRICA: UN Expresses Concern On International Day to End Violence Against Women Tuesday, 26 November 2013
533 REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: On International Day, UN Urges Renewed Efforts to End Violence Against Women, Girls Tuesday, 26 November 2013
534 TANZANIA: Zanzibar Organises Forum to Discuss Gender Violence Tuesday, 26 November 2013
535 AFRICA: UNAIDS Urges End to Gender-Based Violence in Effort to Reduce Risk of HIV Infection Monday, 25 November 2013
536 ZIMBABWE: 'Cases of Sexual Abuse Are Trivialised' Monday, 25 November 2013
537 CAR: Unicef Warns of Increasing Violence and Need for Emergency Supplies in CAR Thursday, 21 November 2013
538 TANZANIA: More Than 1,000 Girls in Rift Set for FGM Thursday, 21 November 2013
539 TANZANIA: More Than 1,000 Girls in Rift Set for FGM Thursday, 21 November 2013
540 GAMBIA: Network Against Gender-Based Violence Trains Law Enforcers Thursday, 21 November 2013

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