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 NAMIBIA: Brandberg Climb Serves As Platform for GBV Debate Tuesday, 23 April 2013
542 LIBERIA: 'Pone Master' Charged Tuesday, 23 April 2013
543 SOUTH AFRICA: Female MPs Told to Act Tuesday, 23 April 2013
544 AFRICA: How to Eliminate FGM: Follow Africa's Lead Monday, 22 April 2013
545 SOUTH AFRICA: Not All Cases of Gender-Based Violence Reported Sunday, 21 April 2013
546 AFRICA: U.S. Envoy Dicarlo At UN Debate On Sexual Violence in Conflict Friday, 19 April 2013
547 AFRICA: Security Council, in Day-Long Debate, Urged to Strengthen Measures to End Rape in War Zones Friday, 19 April 2013
548 MALI: Gender-Based Violence Hits Criminal Dimension in Mali’ Thursday, 18 April 2013
549 International: UN Security Council lists Syrian Army and Militias as Sex Predators, Along With African Rebels Thursday, 18 April 2013
550 GAMBIA: 30 Circumcisers Drop Knife in CRR Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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