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 EGYPT: Special Female Police Unit to cCombat Violence Against Women Tuesday, 28 May 2013
532 Ivory Coast: Rape Plagues Ivory Coast Long After Conflict's End Friday, 24 May 2013
533 NAMIBIA: A Call for All - Unite to End GBV Friday, 24 May 2013
534 NIGERIA: Survey - 30 Percent of Girls Get Raped Wednesday, 22 May 2013
535 MOZAMBIQUE: UN Chief Promotes Education, Gender Empowerment During Final Day of Mozambique Visit Wednesday, 22 May 2013
536 NIGERIA: Mark Promises Speedy Passage of Law to Protect Women Monday, 20 May 2013
537 EGYPT: Govt Forms Body to Confront Violence Against Women Sunday, 19 May 2013
538 NAMIBIA: Violence Against Women, a Social Disease Friday, 17 May 2013
539 INTERNATIONAL: Lakshmi Puri Underlines Urgent Need to Take More Courageous and Decisive Action Against Human Trafficking Friday, 17 May 2013
540 MALI: Girls Receive a Visit From a Different Man Every Night, a ‘New Husband’: In the Words of Saran Keïta Diakité Friday, 17 May 2013

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