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 TANZANIA: Outlawed FGM Still Being Performed In Same Friday, 10 January 2014
572 ZIMBABWE: Building Of Safe Houses Deferred Friday, 10 January 2014
573 TANZANIA: Media Can Help End Sexual Violence Thursday, 09 January 2014
574 MOROCCO: Morocco Set To Repeal Controversial Rape Section In Penal Code Thursday, 09 January 2014
575 TANZANIA: Reporting GBV Cases to Police Can Pay Dividends Wednesday, 08 January 2014
576 ANGOLA: Commission for Implementing Measures Against Domestic Violence Created Monday, 06 January 2014
577 GAMBIA: Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse As Gambia Passes Domestic Violent Bill 2013 Wednesday, 25 December 2013
578 TANZANIA: In Tanzania, Maasai Women who Reject FGM are Refused as Brides Saturday, 21 December 2013
579 GAMBIA: Youth Alliance Holds Debate On Gender-Based Violence Thursday, 19 December 2013
580 GAMBIA: New Domestic Violence Bill Seeks to Eliminate Challenges Thursday, 19 December 2013

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