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 ZIMBABWE: Chiefs Castigate Child Marriages Tuesday, 28 April 2015
62 TANZANIA: Tanzania Cracks Down on "Sextortion" by Public Officials Monday, 27 April 2015
63 SOUTH AFRICA: Four Years Later, Noxolo Nogwaza’s Killers Are Still Free Friday, 24 April 2015
64 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Muslim Girls and Women Held Captive, Raped Thursday, 23 April 2015
65 KENYA: Kenyan Girls Now Taken To Tanzania For FGM Thursday, 23 April 2015
66 INTERNATIONAL: Girls, Not Brides Wednesday, 22 April 2015
67 BENIN: 34 Pct of Beninese Girls Below 18 Years Are Now Married: UN Tuesday, 21 April 2015
68 NIGERIA: 'Our Job Is to Shoot, Slaughter and Kill': Boko Haram's Reign of Terror in North-east Nigeria Tuesday, 21 April 2015
69 AFRICA: Nigeria, South Sudan Fail Miserably in Protecting Women: UN Special Representative Monday, 20 April 2015
70 MOROCCO: Child Marriage In Morocco’s Rural Areas Friday, 17 April 2015

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