Say ‘NO’ – UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – Based on country data available, between 15 to 76 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict, reports UN Women.

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Violence against women and girls has far-reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human develop- ment, and undermining economic growth, it adds.

“Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic; the time to act together is NOW.”

The social mobilisation platform on ending violence against women and girls “Say NO – UNiTE” aims to trigger and highlight actions by individuals, governments and civil society partners.

Actions can range from reaching out to students at schools, to volunteering at local shelters, advocating for legislation or donating funds towards programmes that protect women and girls from violence, and more.

Every action is counted to symbolise the groundswell of engagement that exists on the issue. Everybody can y should join now.

More Than Five Million People

Say NO – UNiTE builds upon the momentum generated during its first phase when 5,066,549 people signed on to a global call to make ending violence against women a top priority worldwide. Heads of states and ministers from 73 governments and nearly 700 Parliamentarians have added their names to the action call since then.

Working through traditional as well as online networks and social media, Say NO – UNiTE engages participants from all walks of life. Through online media outreach and a range of web-based tools available on, it supports partners in their advocacy efforts and highlights their work to a global audience to inspire others.

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is an expanding global coalition of individuals, organisations, governments and the private sector to realise a vision that is ambitious, but must never be impossible – a future that is free from violence against women and girls. Let us count you in – take action to end violence against women now.

Key Facts and Figures

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.

Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, violence against women devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.

It takes many forms and occurs in many places – domestic violence in the home, sexual abuse of girls in schools, sexual harassment at work, rape by husbands or strangers, in refugee camps or as a tactic of war.

Say NO Fact-sheet

Femicide ─ the murder of women because they are women.

In the United States, one-third of women murdered each year are killed by intimate partners.

In South Africa, a woman is killed every 6 hours by an intimate partner.

In India, 22 women were killed each day in dowry-related murders in 2007.

In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.


Women and girls comprise 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked annually, with the majority (79 percent) trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Harmful practices

Approximately 100 to 140 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, with more than 3 million girls in Africa annually at risk of the practice.

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.1 million and Sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million).

Sexual violence against women and girls

An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone.

As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical and/or sexual violence during pregnancy which increases the likelihood of having a miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion . Up to 53 percent of women physically abused by their intimate partners are being kicked or punched in the abdomen.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds.

In Ecuador, adolescent girls reporting sexual violence in school identified teachers as the perpetrator in 37 per cent of cases.

Rape as a method of warfare

Approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence, mostly involving women and girls, have been documented since 1996, though the actual numbers are considered to be much higher.

Cost of violence against women

Domestic violence alone cost approximately US$1.16 billion in Canada and US$5.8 billion in the United States. In Australia, violence against women and children costs an estimated US$11.38 billion per year.

Sexual Harassment

Between 40 and 50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advancements, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at their workplace.

In the United States, 83 per cent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.


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2011 Human Wrongs Watch

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