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.
Reports & Publications
Study: Stray-Bullet Shootings Most Often Harm Women and Individuals at Low-Risk for Violence, Study FindsAugust 13, 2011
Report: Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010August 8, 2011
Study: Women who experience gender-based violence have higher incidence of anxiety, substance use disordersAugust 3, 2011
Report: Military Justice: Oversight and Better Collaboration Needed for Sexual Assault Investigations and AdjudicationsJuly 8, 2011
July 6, 2011