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 EGYPT: UN Chief Pillay Says Authorities “Failed To Prevent” Women Attacks Wednesday, 30 January 2013
542 AFRICA: Women Activists Urge AU to End Rape, Gender Violence Tuesday, 29 January 2013
543 AFRICA: 'Protect Women From Rape, Violence' Tuesday, 29 January 2013
544 RWANDA: The Breadth and Depth of Economic Cost of Gender-Based Violence Tuesday, 29 January 2013
545 SOUTH AFRICA: Justice Dept Focuses On Rooting Out Gender-Based Crimes Tuesday, 29 January 2013
546 EGYPT: Assaults on Egyptian Women Peak in Protest, Group Says Tuesday, 29 January 2013
547 ZAMBIA: 2 Rapists Jailed 35 Years Each Tuesday, 29 January 2013
548 LIBERIA: Q&A: It’s the Beginning of the End for FGM Sunday, 27 January 2013
549 MALI: Malian Women Make Their Voices Heard: Emergency Aid, Participation in the Peace Process, and Justice for All Saturday, 26 January 2013
550 NIGERIA: Rights Commission, Group Laud Soldiers’ Dismissal over Rape Saturday, 26 January 2013

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