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
61 EGYPT: Egyptian Women's Rights Activist Hania Moheeb "Sisi Owes a lot to Egyptian Women" Wednesday, 11 June 2014
62 EGYPT: Anti-sexual Harassment Rally Planned for Saturday to Protest Tahrir Assaults Wednesday, 11 June 2014
63 SOUTH SOUDAN: Women Raped Under the Noses of UN Forces Tuesday, 10 June 2014
64 EGYPT: Mob Sex Assaults on Women Overshadow Egyptian Inauguration Tuesday, 10 June 2014
65 EGYPT: Toughens Sexual Harassment Laws, But Activists Say They Fall Short Monday, 09 June 2014
66 LIBERIA: War Long Over, But Why is There Still So Much Rape? Monday, 09 June 2014
67 DRC: Raped in Congo, Locked Up in the UK Monday, 09 June 2014
68 AFRICA: Global Summit Spotlights Rape in War - Nations Should Pledge to Prosecute Attackers, Aid Survivors Monday, 09 June 2014
69 SOUTH SUDAN: Violence Leaves Women, Girls, and Young People on the Edge in South Sudan Monday, 09 June 2014
70 EGYPT: Egypt Criminalises Sexual Harassment for First Time Friday, 06 June 2014

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