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.

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News

  • June 11, 2010

    New York Times: The Violence Against Women Act will now cover same sex couples. The Justice Department has concluded that the law may be used in same sex cases involving stalking and domestic violence.


  • June 9, 2010

    Reuters: Children of mothers who are abused by their partners are at an increased risk for obesity and developing health related conditions, such a diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  New studies show that adversities early in life create long...


  • June 4, 2010

    Human Rights Watch: "In a landmark decision today, Mexico’s Supreme Court required all of the country’s states to distribute emergency contraception and to provide access to abortion for rape victims, which affirms women's rights...


  • June 4, 2010

    New York Times: Over the past 8 months, investigators have discovered over 15 cases of girls who were raped, threatened with violence and forced into prostitution. Pimps recruited girls at local high school and middle schools with promises of cash or...


  • June 4, 2010

    New York Times: Eight women interviewed by the The New York Times shared the trauma they endured when members of the New York City Police Department "played down, misclassified or ignored their complaints of being sexually assaulted."

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