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

  • 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 17, 2010

    WeNews: This week, new statistics on rising sex traffric in the United States were released, as a congressional bill on human trafficking is readied for voting. Activists continie to debate on solutions to prostitution and sex trafficking, with some...


  • June 16, 2010

    Alternet: Five women from Arizona are part of a delegation that is testifying before Congress about the impact of SB 1070 on immigrant families.  SB 1070 which makes it a crime to be undocumented in Arizona.