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Violence against Women

HUMANITY Violence against MPOWERING FOR ACTION EMPOWERING Women THE BEIJING TURNS 20 A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IN MANY FORMS Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC that takes place in PUBLIC and PRIVATE spaces. FORMS OF VIOLENCE Physical Sexual Psychological Let's take a closer look at some of these forms of violence Intimate Partner Violence "As it turns out, I'm a very typical domestic abuse victim... Domestic violence happens to everyone. Al races, all religions, all income and education levels." - Leslie Morgan Steiner, Harvard-educated magazine editor-turned-businesswoman who was in an abusive relationship 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence - mostly by an intimate partner Fast Facts In 2012, 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family. Only 1 out of 20 of all men killed were killed in such circumstances. Are there laws to protect women? 2/3 52 2.6 billion In fact, 2.6 billion Only 52 countries have explicitly criminalized rape within marriage Two-thirds of all countries have outlawed women and girls live in countries where marital domestic violence rape is not explicitly criminalized Sexual Violence "No matter how hard they tried to kill everything within us, within me they killed nothing. I will not stumble. As long as I can walk, I will persevere. I will find the strength within me." - Enisa, rape survivor from the Bosnian war Sexually violent acts can take place in different circumstances and settings. These include, for example: What is sexual violence? Sexual violence is any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, Rape (within marriage and relationships, by strangers, and during armed conflict) unwanted sexual comments or advances against a person's sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting. Unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment, including demanding sex in return for favours Sexual abuse of children Forced marriage or cohabitation, including child marriage In ost countries, there has been little research conducted on the problem. In some countries, up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced Fast Facts In the European Union, 45% to 55% of women have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15 Human Trafficking and Forced Sexual Exploitation "I wasn't even allowed to cry. If even one tear fell they beat me. I used to think it was better to die than to live like this." - Meena Hasina, a survivor of sex slavery, India What is human trafficking? Fast Facts Human trafficking is the acquisition and exploitation of people, through means, such as force, fraud or deception. The practice ensnares millions of women and girls into modern-day slavery, many of whom are sexually exploited. 4.5 million 4.5 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation 98% 98 % of them are women and girls Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) "Once you know that everyone has a right to be free from all forms of violence, and that you yourself have a responsibility to help them achieve that right, you don't look back." Sister Fa, Senegalese hip-hop star who uses her music to campaign for human rights and for an end to FGM What is FGM? Fast Facts FGM includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Beyond extreme physical and psychological pain, the practice carries many health risks, including death. 133 million 133 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is more common V3 lower Overall, the chance that a girl will be cut today is about one-third lower than it was 30 years ago Child Marriage "Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no." - Nujood Ali, Yemeni advocate against forced marriage, who was married at 9 and a year later broke tradition seeking divorce 700 million 700 million women alive today were married before 18 – more than one-third were married before 15 Fast Facts 2.5X Poor girls are 2.5 times more likely to marry in childhood than wealthy ones. WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CHILD MARRIAGE? Child marriage usually means an end to girl's education, vocation and her right to make life choices. Research confirms that girls who marry in childhood are at greater risk for intimate partner violence than girls of the same age who marry later. SHUMANITY #Beijing20 OWERING A 8* @UN_Women THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION TURNS 20 Sources EMPOWERING Statistics Global and reglonal estimates of violence agalnst women, WHO, 2013; Global Study on Homicide, UNODC, 2013; Progress of the World's Women, UN Women, 2011-2012; World report on vlolence and health, WHO, 2002; ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour, ILO, 2012; United Nations Children's Fund, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: What might the future hold?, UN WOMEN UNICEF, 2014. Quotes "6 Brave Personal Storles of Domestic Abuse," Tedx, 2013; Half the Sky, Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women, Sheryl wuDunn, Nicholas Kristof, 2009; "UNITE Survivor Stories," UNITE to End Violence agalnst Women, 2012; "My battle agalnst female genital cutting," The Guardlan, 2012; I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood All, Delphine Minoul, 2010 PICTURE IT Y PICTURE ITI WOMEN /

Violence against Women

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