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

  • September 6, 2010

    ABC News:  One in four college women--will be the victim or rape or attempted rape before they graduate.   Victims often face additional injustice according to a report from The Center for Public Integrity which found "students...


  • August 31, 2010

    Time: At family planning and domestic violence clinics, researchers are attempting to explain the higher rates of unwanted pregnancy in relationships involving violence.  What their studies have discovered is that "reproductive coercion,...


  • August 21, 2010

    Reuters: Chechen women continue to be targeted for not wearing headscarves. Some women have been punched, or terrorized by men wielding automatic rifles.


  • July 31, 2010

    CNN: Domestic violence is on the rise in Turkey, as over 42 percent of women reported being the victim of physical and/or sexual abuse by their partners.  Lack of comprehensive laws, shelters for women add to the problem--often putting the women...


  • July 30, 2010

    BBC: Foreign tourists are flocking to Brazil for sex holidays, where, despite police crackdowns, child prostitution continues to flourish, and includes young girls and transgender children.  Many of the children are underage, unable to even enter...