Critical Issue: Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is pervasive throughout the world, as both a public health and human rights issue. It “reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims,” according to the UN Population Fund. Ending gender based violence must be a priority on the international human rights agenda. Violence against women and girls was a central theme of our annual conference 2010 (June 11-12 at Hunter College) Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health, co-presented with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM. Click here for details. Get the latest facts, figures, and policy perspectives on our Big Five program page.

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  • November 7, 2010

     UN: A United Nations investigation is taking place, following up on reports of countless numbers of rapes when people were expelled from Angola and forced to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

  • November 5, 2010

    New York Times: Over 600 women were raped in September and October along the Congo/Angola border.  United Nations officials mistakenly gave an earlier count of 30 women.  The women were raped during an expulsion of immigrants from Angola....

  • October 21, 2010

    WeNews: Human rights groups in India have called for the end of the so-called "two-finger" rape test, citing that the test is physically invasive and uses a victim's previous sexual experience against her.

  • October 20, 2010

    WeNews: Rape in the Congo is increasingly being used as a weapon of war. In response, the U.N. is launching a new sexual violence training program for peacekeepers in order to prevent future attacks. 

  • October 19, 2010

    NY Times: Although gays and lesbians have more freedom in India than they used to, lesbians in India still face more discrimination due to the social pressure faced by Indian women to get married and to bear children.  Those who are brave enough...