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

  • January 24, 2011

    Reuters:  A new study posits that while nine in ten cases of sexual assault go unreported in Alaska.  The state has the nation's highest rate of sexual assault, where 37 percent of surveyed Alaska women had been victims of sexual...


  • January 24, 2011

    Guardian: Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico, where the militarized campaign against drug cartels has also resulted in a surge in female deaths.

     


  • December 21, 2010

    Human Rights Watch: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a new bipartisan bill called the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) which aims to reduce violence against women in twenty countries.  IVAWA would complement the...


  • December 15, 2010

    New York Times: On Tuesday, Sudanese police arrested women who were protesting a public flogging that took place earlier in the week. Under Islamic law, crimes can be punished by flogging but are carried out disproportionately against women, and...


  • December 13, 2010

    ACLU: Rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault take place twice as often in the military as they do in civilian ranks. Along with the ACLU, the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense and...