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Violence Against Women is A Worldwide Epedemic (583 hits)


By: United Nations Development Fund For Women
Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. Based on country
data available,1 up to 70 percent of women experience physical or s*xual violence from men
in their lifetime the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.
Among women aged 1544, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer,
malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.2 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, s*xual abuse of girls in schools, s*xual harassment at work, rape by husbands or
strangers, in refugee camps or as a tactic of war.
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.3
In South Africa, a woman is killed every 6 hours by an intimate partner.4
In India, 22 women were killed each day in dowry-related murders in 2007.5
In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.6
Trafficking
Women and girls constitute 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked
annually,7 with the majority (79 percent) trafficked for s*xual exploitation.8
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.9
More than 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).10
s*xual violence against women and girls
An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of s*xual violence in 2002 alone.11
As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical and/or s*xual violence during pregnancy,12
which increases the likelihood of having a miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.13 Up to 53
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Sunday, November 28th 2010 at 9:14AM
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[...Among women aged 1544, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.2 Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today,...]

Wow this is really eye opening! We have come a long way in women's rights but we still have a ways to go.
Monday, November 29th 2010 at 10:53AM
Jen Fad
So right my sista.
Monday, November 29th 2010 at 12:38PM
anita moore
You know ... some philosophers are beginning to look at Domestic Violence as a Terrorist Act and would like to see tougher legislative laws established. Reading of this blog, I am beginning to understand why... ((A terrorist has done something that offends the conscience and whose intent is to terrorize, frighten, harass and otherwise molest, abuse, mistreat, violently attack innocent people)).

Domestic Violence is something I often wonder about.... To live a life, in fear, intimidation, ...... WOW!! That is too much mind control.... but the sad reality is... it's happening more and more....
Monday, November 29th 2010 at 3:22PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
oh... but like Madea say.... grit ball!!! Ya betta ask Al Green, he got a nice pot of hott grits thrown on him.... And when he made it through... he found Jesus!!! ya feel me!!
Monday, November 29th 2010 at 3:25PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
unbelievable!!
Monday, November 29th 2010 at 7:05PM
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