Violence

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that is a human rights and public health issue as well as a major cause of death and disability. The prevalence of violence transcends boundaries of race, class, culture, social status and religion. UNIFEM estimates that six out of every ten women will experience some form of physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Violations can occur at home, in the workplace or in public. Of rising concern is the systematic use of rape and sexual assault as weapons of armed conflict, terror and intimidation. One of the most common forms of violence against women is intimate partner violence. There are also variations in the types of violence against women which include but are not limited to: human trafficking, dating violence, sexual assault, emotional and verbal abuse, and customary practices such as female genital mutilation and so-called “honor killings” and other forms of femicide. Re:Gender and its network members are working along with international partners to raise awareness about efforts to reduce and eliminate the scourge of 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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News

  • September 30, 2010

    WeNews: The U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict is currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to identify perpetrators who raped hundreds of women two months ago. At the same time, a women's activist from the DRC...


  • September 17, 2010

    Salon: Images of a sixteen year old girl being gang-raped were posted on Facebook by one of her male attackers.  The photos were viewed, shared and reposted numerous times, and created an online culture of "blaming the victim" in a...


  • 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...


  • September 16, 2010

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  • September 13, 2010

    UN: In Haiti, there has been a rise in gender and sexual violence since January's earthquake made over a million people homeless.  The United Nations has launched a new program to prevent rape and sexual assault in Haiti that includes training...