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: Waris Dirie: 'Female Genital Mutilation is Pure Violence Against Girls' Monday, 21 October 2013
532 TANZANIA: Gender-Based Violence Is Not a Way of Life Friday, 18 October 2013
533 ETHIOPIA: UN Women Mobilises Religious Leaders in Ethiopia Against FGM Friday, 18 October 2013
534 SUDAN: Shocking video: Sudanese Woman Flogged for Getting Into Car With Man Who isn't Related to Her Friday, 04 October 2013
535 INTERNATIONAL: U.S. Program Aims to Protect Women in Humanitarian Emergencies Monday, 30 September 2013
536 EGYPT: Women Still Scarce in Egypt's Constitution Process Thursday, 26 September 2013
537 SOUTH AFRICA: Rapes Stats Down - 'Not Nearly Enough' Saturday, 21 September 2013
538 SIERRA LEONE: Magistrate May Punish Media Houses for Violating Sexual Offences Act Saturday, 21 September 2013
539 UGANDA: UN Agency Lauds Parliament on FGM Law Wednesday, 18 September 2013
540 EGYPT: Female Police to Protect Egyptian Women Against Sexual Harassment Thursday, 12 September 2013

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