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 EGYPT: Rising Violence Against Egyptian Women Worries Rights Activists Tuesday, 08 January 2013
572 UGANDA: Into the Land of the Sabiny to Witness Female Circumcision Tuesday, 08 January 2013
573 ZAMBIA: Gender Based Violence Fight - Can the Year 2013 Bring Hope? Monday, 07 January 2013
574 SENEGAL: Grandma's Fight Female Mutilation Monday, 07 January 2013
575 DRC: Tears of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Monday, 07 January 2013
576 INTERNATIONAL: In 2013, Let Us COMMIT to Help End Violence Against Women Monday, 07 January 2013
577 EGYPT: Rising Violence Against Egyptian Women Worries Rights Activists Friday, 04 January 2013
578 DRC: Congolese Army and Rebel Fighters Accused of Mass Rape and Looting Thursday, 03 January 2013
579 NIGERIA: Gender Group Seeks Tougher Action on Rape, and Violence Against Women Thursday, 03 January 2013
580 EGYPT: 'Harassment Map' Helps Egyptian Women Stand Up for Their Rights Wednesday, 02 January 2013

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