On the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations General-Secretary António Guterres gave a strong message about the violence against women.
“Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in centuries of male domination. Let us not forget that the gender inequalities that fuel rape culture are essentially a question of power imbalances,” he said in the message. However, this world day is marked annually on November 25 to stop violence against women and girls.
From today to the next two years, the United Nations Chief’s UNiTe to finish Violence against Women campaign will run which will focus on the issue of rape as a specific form of harm and this will encourage people as well.
UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, shared her concerns on that, citing, “significant weapon of war from the arsenal of conflict”.
“Rape isn’t an isolated brief act. It damages flesh and reverberates in memory. It can have life changing, unchosen results – a pregnancy or a transmitted disease,” she expressed.
As per the UN reports, a third of all women and girls have seen physical or sexual violence in their whole life where half of the women killed worldwide. They were even killed by their partners or family as well.
Even in the US, more women are abused. A UN Women study showed 70 per cent of women in the US have seen physical as well as sexual violence from their intimate partner. Moreover, the violence rate is as high as 65 per cent in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Alongside this, around 40 per cent in South Asia and Andean parts of Latin America. Meanwhile, in East Asia and Western Europe, over 16 per cent and 19 per cent of women have seen intimate partner violence as well, respectively.