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 NIGERIA: Eminent Figures Urge Global Effort to Bringbackourgirls Friday, 09 May 2014
532 NIGERIA: Chibok Girls - Gender Violence and Human Rights Friday, 09 May 2014
533 NIGERIA: Chibok Abduction - Female Police, Civil Defence Officers Protest in Lafia Friday, 09 May 2014
534 Kenya in Robust Push to Punish FGM Perpetrators Wednesday, 07 May 2014
535 NIGERIA: Unicef Demands Borno Schoolgirls Release Wednesday, 07 May 2014
536 AFRICA: New Kidnapping Reported in Nigeria as U.S. Offers Help Wednesday, 07 May 2014
537 NIGERIA: No Missing Girls, Say First Lady, Women's Group Tuesday, 06 May 2014
538 NIGERIA: Christian Women Petition National Assembly Over Abducted Girls Tuesday, 06 May 2014
539 NIGERIA: Boko Haram - Why Have You Taken Our Girls? Tuesday, 06 May 2014
540 NIGERIA: Washington, D.C. Community Rallies for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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