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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  • September 13, 2010

    Miami Herald:  A mother and daughter--Hawa Nuristani and Rana Nuristani are both running for Parliament in Afghanistan, despite threats and violence directed at them by those who believe that the women are not behaving like proper Muslim women....


  • September 10, 2010

    Ms.: A man named Justin Carl Moose was arrested after speaking with a confidential source and providing instruction and information about methods for bombing a North Carolina abortion clinic.  Moose used Facebook to advocate violence against...


  • September 8, 2010

    CNN: Rape has become the weapon of choice in the war-torn Congo, with more than 500 rapes committed by rebels since late July. Women are constantly attacked and do not feel safe while working, in the home or with their families. While the United...


  • September 7, 2010

    Mother Jones: The Border Patrol is the second largest police agency in the country after the New York City Police Department, and the rapid growth in numbers has seen an exponential increase in the number of sexual assault and abuse cases against...


  • September 7, 2010

    Baltimore Sun: A hearing before Congress will investigate the disturbing nationwide trend of police ignoring or refusing to investigate rape charges. In many cases, the victim is accused of lying or the case is dropped or not pursued, which allows...