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    UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


    by earwicga
    25th November, 2010 at 10:55 am    

    Via UNIFEM:

    On this 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we can applaud the fact that the issue of violence against women and girls is no longer treated as simply a woman’s concern. Thanks to the persistent and dedicated efforts by women’s rights activists in all parts of the world, it is now a human rights issue, a peace and security issue, and an issue of urgent concern to both men and women.

    Despite these achievements, huge challenges remain. It is shocking that based on available country data, up to 70 percent 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.

    We still live in a world where violence against women and girls is a major source of insecurity for half the world’s population, from domestic violence to female genital mutilation; from so called honour killings to mass rape in times of war. The gap between the promises and realities on the ground is still too wide and violence against women and girls continues to pose some of the world’s greatest challenges.

    In the UK Theresa May has launched a cross government plan today, with a ‘full action plan’ to be published next spring.  May has committed to trialing Domestic Violence Protection Orders, a welcome u-turn.   We must do all we can to make sure this new ‘action plan’ is fully funded by government.

    Thank you to all women’s rights activists everywhere, past present and future.

    Edit:  Home Office Publication - Call to End Violence against Women and Girls released today.


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    1. sianushka — on 25th November, 2010 at 11:22 am  

      ‘It is estimated that this week in the UK 1.5 women have died as a result of domestic violence. A further 500 women who have experienced domestic violence in the last six months will commit suicide this year. Every minute in the UK the police will receive a call from a member of the public relating to domestic violence, resulting in over 570,000 calls each year. Domestic violence has the highest repeat rate of any crime and approximately 77% of domestic violence victims are women. An estimated 100,000 women in the UK will be raped every year, yet the conviction rate relating to reported attacks remains at only 6.5%. Rape is recognised internationally as a form of torture and weapon of war, and 1 in 3 women across the world will be raped or sexually assaulted in their lifetime. An estimated 6500 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM.’

      Statistic sources:
      http://www.avaproject.org.uk/our-resources/statistics/domestic-violence.aspx http://www.thepixelproject.net/vaw-facts/about-rape/
      http://www.forwarduk.org.uk



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