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 LIBYA: Human Rights Defenders in Libya at Serious Risk of Being Murdered Says UNCHR Monday, 30 March 2015
62 MALAWI: Human Rights Body Says Lack of Knowledge Behind Increased Violence Friday, 27 March 2015
63 EGYPT: Child Marriage in Egypt - "I Don't Know How Old I Am" Wednesday, 25 March 2015
64 NIGERIA: The Brutal Reason Boko Haram Just Took 500 'Young Women and Children' Wednesday, 25 March 2015
65 AFRICA: Winners Announced for Free Expression Prize Wednesday, 25 March 2015
66 THE GAMBIA: Gambians Demand Female Activist's Release Tuesday, 24 March 2015
67 KENYA: Kenyan Schoolboys Save Girls From Rape After Learning "No Means No" Tuesday, 24 March 2015
68 INTERNATIONAL: Gender-Blind Global Health Institutions Ignore Misery for Women in Ebola-Affected Regions Monday, 23 March 2015
69 INTERNATIONAL: U.N. Complicit in Worldwide War on Women Monday, 23 March 2015
70 EGYPT: HRW: Egypt Should Reject Amendments Threatening Fair Trials Monday, 23 March 2015

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