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 NAMIBIA: Rape Statistics For Oshikoto Region Disgust Katjiua Sunday, 06 April 2014
572 NIGERIA: Confab - Ita-Giwa Decries Violence Against Women Saturday, 05 April 2014
573 ZAMBIA: Abuse Against Women, Girls Worrying Friday, 04 April 2014
574 KENYA: Tobiko Deploys Special Units to Nip FGM Friday, 04 April 2014
575 TANZANIA: Marrying Young Fuels Domestic, Sexual Violence Friday, 04 April 2014
576 MALAWI: Chiefs Retarding Fight Against GBV Friday, 04 April 2014
577 SIERRA LEONE: Sexual Violence, An 'Invisible War Crime' Thursday, 03 April 2014
578 RWANDA: Rwanda’s Transformation Through The Eyes Of Female Journalists Thursday, 03 April 2014
579 TUNISIA: Tunisian police rape victim defiant Wednesday, 02 April 2014
580 TANZANIA: Be Productive to Stop Gender Violence, Women Told Wednesday, 02 April 2014

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