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24/11/2018

Facts and Figures: Various Forms of Violence against Women

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Women*

It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

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Interactive – Explore the facts: Violence against women

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04/06/2018

A Turning Point for Girls’ and Women’s Menstrual Health in Africa

A turning point for girls

Faith Kiraison, an advocate for girls’ rights and health, teaches her peers about menstrual health management. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/NAROK, Kenya (UNFPA)* – “I felt embarrassed to be a girl and felt like it was a punishment,” recalled 13-year-old Faith, describing her first period.  

She was living in a boarding schoolin Narok County, Kenya, when it happened. A friend taught her to use a cloth to manage the blood. “I was not knowledgeable about how and why it happens, and what to expect. So, naturally, I was scared and confused.”

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23/04/2018

“What we need is free education for girls”

Purity Soinato Oiyie Masai girl and anti-FGM activist, Kenya. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Purity Soinato Oiyie. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

“I was only 10 or 11 years old, when my father decided to circumcise me. I was to become the fifth wife to a 70-year-old man. I talked to my class teacher and she informed the police chief. Just two hours before the cutting ceremony, the police came and took me away.

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06/02/2018

UN Urges Renewed Fight to End Female Genital Mutilation as Populations Grow Where Practice Occurs

Human Wrongs Watch

6 February 2017 – Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.

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Composite photograph. Credit: UNFPA

06/02/2018

World in ‘Race against Time’ to End Female Genital Mutilation

Human Wrongs Watch

6 February 2018 – Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Fatima, 7, sits on a bed in her home in Afar region, Ethiopia. She was subjected to FGM/C when she was 1 year old. Photo: UNICEF/ Holt

06/02/2018

Female Genital Mutilation ‘Not Acceptable’ in the 21st Century – UN Envoy on Youth

Human Wrongs Watch

Speaking on 5 February 2018 a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations youth envoy people underscored that the ghastly practice is an aversion to the human rights of millions and keeps them from achieving their full potential.

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, speaks at the forum in Banjul, the Gambia. Photo: Alhagie Manka. | Source: UN News Centre

“This is not acceptable and this is done in the name of tradition, culture, religion or in the name of ensuring that women are to take on subservient roles to the men they will eventually marry,” said Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, speaking at an international forum in the Gambia on strategies to combat the practice.

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04/05/2017

The Very Survival of Africa’s Indigenous Peoples ‘Seriously Threatened’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, May 3 2017 (IPS) – The cultures and very survival of indigenous peoples in Africa are seriously threatened. They are ignored, neglected and fall victims of land grabbing and land dispossession caused by extractive industries, agribusiness and other forms of business operations.

The Indigenous World 2017. Credit: IWGIA

The Indigenous World 2017. Credit: IWGIA

 

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27/02/2017

These Women Cannot Celebrate Their Day

ROME, Feb 27 2017 (IPS) – This is a story that one would wish to never have to write—the story of hundreds of millions of life-givers whose production and productivity have systematically been ‘quantified’ in much detailed statistics, but whose abnegation, human suffering and denial of rights are subject to just words.

Belinda Mason, Silent Tears “Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.” Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General

Belinda Mason, Silent Tears “Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.” Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General

It is the story of those women who witness their children die while fleeing wars, or are kidnapped to sell their organs, or recruited as child soldiers.

It is the story of those women who fall prey to human traffickers and are sold as sexual slaves. (The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.)

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06/02/2017

Renewed Fight to End Female Genital Mutilation Urgent

Human Wrongs Watch

Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.

Women from Samburu, Kenya, gather for a public discussions where they publicly say no to female genital mutilation. Photo: UNICEF/Samuel Leadismo

“On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities and our common future,” the Secretary-General on 6 February 2017 said in a message on the International Day.

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29/09/2016

Gandhi: ‘My life is my message’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 29 September, 2016 – As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned.

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Robert J. Burrowes

When asked for his message for the world, Gandhi responded with the now famous line ‘My life is my message’ reflecting his lifelong struggle against violence.

Gandhi’s life was dotted with many memorable quotes but one that is less well known is this: ‘You may never know what results come of your actions but if you do nothing there will be no results’.

Fortunately, there are many committed people who have identified the importance of taking action to end the violence in our world – whether it occurs in the home or on the street, in wars, as a result of economic exploitation or ecological destruction – and this includes the courageous people below.

These people have identified themselves as part of the worldwide network, now with participants in 96 countries, committed to ending violence in all of its forms. I would like to share their inspirational stories and invite you to join them.

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