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: Women Ride Bikes to Defy Sexual Harassment Monday, 11 November 2013
572 RWANDA: Safe City Kigali Programme Should Be Emulated to Tackle Sexual Harassment Monday, 11 November 2013
573 LIBERIA: MOGD Takes Anti-Rape Awareness to Public School Monday, 11 November 2013
574 TANZANIA: Nation Without GBV Is Possible, Says Tamwa Monday, 11 November 2013
575 AFRICA: Working with Men to Stop Rape in Africa Thursday, 07 November 2013
576 KENYA: Teen’s Rape, Grass-Cutting Punishment, Galvanizes Support in Kenya For an ‘Invisible Crime’ Thursday, 07 November 2013
577 SUDAN: UN Experts Call On Sudan to Stop Threatening Women With Flogging Thursday, 07 November 2013
578 KENYA: When Will We Speak Out Against Rape? Wednesday, 06 November 2013
579 KENYA: Kenyans Protest After Suspects in Teen's Gang Rape Sentenced to Cut Grass Friday, 01 November 2013
580 AFRICA: Waris Dirie: 'Female Genital Mutilation is Pure Violence Against Girls' Monday, 21 October 2013

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