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Violence Against Women

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 NIGERIA: Nigerian Forces Free 241 Women, Children in Boko Haram Camps, Arrest Kingpin Wednesday, 07 October 2015
62 NIGERIA: Conflict deepens dangers and worsens exclusion for women with disabilities Monday, 05 October 2015
63 SWAZILAND: One Billion Rising Revolution - Swaziland launches 2016 campaign Monday, 05 October 2015
64 SOUTH AFRICA: How Rape Became South Africa's Enduring Nightmare Wednesday, 30 September 2015
65 NIGERIA: History Has Been Made! Female Genital Mutilation Banned! Wednesday, 30 September 2015
66 SOUTH SUDAN: Sex Slavery Widely Spread in South Sudan-Reports Wednesday, 30 September 2015
67 INTERNATIONAL: Does the Aid Industry Have a Sexual Violence Problem? Monday, 21 September 2015
68 SIERRA LEONE: Women Unite Against Violence Wednesday, 26 August 2015
69 SUB-SAHARA: Polygamy and Alcohol Linked to Physical Abuse in African Marriages Tuesday, 25 August 2015
70 SOUTHERN AFRICA: SADC Drafts Model Law to Control Child Marriage Monday, 24 August 2015

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