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 NAMIBIA: Brutalization of Women Denounced Wednesday, 19 February 2014
532 RWANDA: Rwanda Joins Global Campaign Against Domestic Violence Monday, 17 February 2014
533 KENYA: First Lady Graces Gender Violence Centre Dinner Monday, 17 February 2014
534 TANZANIA: Media Can Play Vital Role in Combating GBV Monday, 17 February 2014
535 GAMBIA:European Parliament Discusses FGM Friday, 14 February 2014
536 SOMALIA: Somali Police Tell Rape Victim to Wash Her Blood Off Their Floor and Go Home Friday, 14 February 2014
537 UGANDA: FGM Persists As UNICEF Intervenes Friday, 14 February 2014
538 SOUTH AFRICA: Govt Continues to Focus On Violence Against Women, Children Friday, 14 February 2014
539 SOMALIA:"Here, Rape Is Normal," Somali Women Tell Human Rights Watch Friday, 14 February 2014
540 SOMALIA: Women Shouldn't Live in Fear of Rape Friday, 14 February 2014

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