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: Nigeria Raises Alarm Over Increasing Cases of Violence Against Women Saturday, 09 February 2013
532 SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Must Do More to Tackle ‘Pandemic of Sexual Violence’ – UN Rights Chief Saturday, 09 February 2013
533 SOMALIA: UN Secretary-General, 'Deeply Disappointed' over Jailing of Alleged Rape Victim, Urges Somalia to Investigate Sexual Violence Claims Fully Friday, 08 February 2013
534 TANZANIA: How Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Became my Passion Friday, 08 February 2013
535 EGYPT: Egyptians Protest at Sexual Violence Against Women Thursday, 07 February 2013
536 EGYPT: Women Learn Self-Defense to Combat Harassment Thursday, 07 February 2013
537 INTERNATIONAL: Message of Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation Wednesday, 06 February 2013
538 UGANDA: Ugandan Communities Scrutinize a Violent – Sometimes Deadly – Rite of Passage Wednesday, 06 February 2013
539 SOMALIA: Dark Side Of 'New' Somalia: Woman Jailed For Accusing Security Forces Of Rape Wednesday, 06 February 2013
540 SOMALIA:Woman Charged With Insulting Somali State Institutions After Rape Claim Tuesday, 05 February 2013

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