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
541 ZAMBIA: Zambian Teens Learn Twitter & Facebook to Stop Violence Against Women Sunday, 14 April 2013
542 NAMIBIA: Diamonds, Fashion Designs Unite Against Gender-Based Violence Sunday, 14 April 2013
543 INTERNATIONAL: G8 Nations Pledge Action To Halt Sexual Violence In War Friday, 12 April 2013
544 DR CONGO: We Did Whatever We Wanted, Says Soldier Who Raped 53 Friday, 12 April 2013
545 LIBERIA: Sexual Violence On The Rise Friday, 12 April 2013
546 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: UN: Central African Republic is Very Volatile Thursday, 11 April 2013
547 MOROCCO: Slow To Enforce Laws On Women's Rights Thursday, 11 April 2013
548 SOUTH AFRICA: South African Women And The Struggle For Justice Thursday, 11 April 2013
549 AFRICA: East African Muslim Women on Female Gender Mutilation Wednesday, 10 April 2013
550 TUNISIA: Post-revolution, Women are Tunisia’s Biggest Losers Tuesday, 09 April 2013

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