Violence

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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Today is the culmination of the Nobel Women's Inititative's conference to end sexual violence in conflict.  And how appropriate--they are ending...
Today marks the beginning of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. This three-day conference...
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  • July 13, 2010

    CNN: Because of the high rates of femicide in their home counties, Guatemalean women may be able to seek asylum in the United States.  The women face an uphill battle and will have to prove that their lives are in danger, that the systematic...


  • July 13, 2010

    Montreal Gazette: In the Canadian city of Ottawa, officials are considering adding "honour killing" to the Criminal Code.  These violent crimes are often directed against girls and women and carried out by male relatives, often with the...


  • June 26, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: A new study posits the plight faced by widows as a human rights issue, many of whom suffer discrimination and abuse,and are trapped in poverty.   The report found at least 245 million widows worldwide, almost half living...


  • June 18, 2010

    Reuters:  Women have been fired upon with paintball guns in the Muslim Chechnya region for not wearing headscarves.  The attackers have driven by women in cars with tinted windows, and posted fliers threatening to escalate the violence...


  • June 1, 2010

    From U.S.A. Today: As 1600 Afghan leaders prepare for a peace conference (known as a jirga), women such as U.S.Rep. Donna Edwards,D-Md., wants to ensure that women's rights aren't set aside during the conference. During the Taliban's rule of...