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 INTERNATIONAL: States Accountable for Investigating and Preventing Violence Against Women – UN Expert Monday, 17 June 2013
532 INTERNATIONAL: ‘Women’s Rights Violations Not Just Developing Nation Issue’ Monday, 17 June 2013
533 MALAWI: Africa's New Agents of Progress in Female Health: Traditional Male Chiefs Monday, 17 June 2013
534 SUDAN: Darfur Student Convicted of Inappropriate Dress 'Abused in Prison' Monday, 17 June 2013
535 MALAWI: More Men Jump on the Band-Wagon to Stop Violence Against Women Monday, 17 June 2013
536 AFRICA: Joint Statement Warning of Female Circumcision During Summer Holidays Sunday, 16 June 2013
537 DRC: 'When we Rape we Feel Free': Congo Soldiers' Shocking Stories Friday, 14 June 2013
538 RWANDA: Women Told to Break Silence on GBV, Domestic Violence Thursday, 13 June 2013
539 RWANDA: How Can We Protect Our Children From Defilement? Thursday, 13 June 2013
540 GAMBIA: GAMCOTRAP Starts Campaign to Accelerate Abandonment of FGM in the Niaminas Thursday, 13 June 2013

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