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 20, 2010

    Colorlines: The number of people who are killed due to their sexual orientation or identity is overwhelming, but even more so, when you realize that the majority of them are people of color and transgender women.  

  • A cross-national analysis of physical intimate partner violence against women
    November 18, 2010

    International Journal of Comparative Sociology: A new study examines physical intimate partner violence in 40 developed and less developed countriesand analyzes what causes increases and decreases in the violence.

  • October 28, 2010

    Colorlines: This month, President Obama launched a new set of initiatives for domestic violence survivors, while Colorlines editors remind us that the economy and intimate partner violence are intrinsically related, as domestic violence cases have...

  • October 1, 2010

    Anchorage Daily: The University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center surveyed 871 Alaska adult women in the first survey of Alaska women about sexual assault and domestic violence. The survey returned much higher numbers than those based on crimes...

  • September 17, 2010

    Violence Policy Center: A new report details a state-by-state comparison of the number of women murdered by men with Nevada ranking first in the nation, with a rate of 2.96 victims per 100,000 women. Ranked behind Nevada were: #2 Vermont, #3 Alabama...