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
571 GAMBIA: Youth Alliance Holds Debate On Gender-Based Violence Thursday, 19 December 2013
572 GAMBIA: New Domestic Violence Bill Seeks to Eliminate Challenges Thursday, 19 December 2013
573 TANZANIA: In Tanzania, Maasai Women Who Reject FGM Are Refused as Brides Tuesday, 17 December 2013
574 MADAGASCAR: Small Steps in Madagascar’s Fight Against Gender-Based Violence Tuesday, 17 December 2013
575 TANZANIA: Judiciary to Speed Up Abuse Cases Monday, 16 December 2013
576 KENYA: Parents Arrested Over FGM in West Pokot Monday, 16 December 2013
577 INTERNATIONAL: Do We Care Enough About Sexual Violence? Friday, 13 December 2013
578 GHANA: First Lady Calls for Tougher Sanctions Against Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse in Conflict Situations Friday, 13 December 2013
579 AFRICA: Seven USAID Awards Address Gender-Based Violence Friday, 13 December 2013
580 MADAGASCAR: Small Steps in Madagascar's Fight Against Gender-Based Violence Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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