Say No to Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence — yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned. — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 8 March 2007

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her.
Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.

Statistics paint a horrifying picture of the social and health consequences of violence against women. For women aged 15 to 44 years, violence is a major cause of death and disability.

In a 1994 study based on World Bank data about ten selected risk factors facing women in this age group, rape and domestic violence rated higher than cancer, motor vehicle accidents, war and malaria.

The economic cost of violence against women is considerable — a 2003 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the costs of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceed US$5.8 billion per year: US$4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly US$1.8 billion.

Violence against women impoverishes individuals, families and communities, reducing the economic development of each nation.
Source Unifem.

If you want to know more:


About violence against women: http://www.4women.gov/violence/

WHO World Health Organization: Violence against women

Women's aid

Tietoa Unifemistä suomeksi:

Voit osallistua myös Amnestyn Joku raja! -kampanjaan allekirjoittamalla vetoomuksen netissä!

Seksuaalista väkivaltaa voidaan torjua

Amnestyn Joku raja! -kampanja keskittyy tänä talvena seksuaalisen väkivallan vastaiseen työhön. Tavoitteena on, että valtio ja kunnat tarjoaisivat Suomessa nykyistä tehokkaampaa apua ja tukea seksuaalisen väkivallan uhreille. Valtion tulee myös tehostaa seksuaalisen väkivallan rikostutkintaa ja oikeusprosesseja.

Lue lisää Amnestyn sivuilta: http://www.amnesty.fi/mita-teemme/joku-raja/seksuaalinen-vakivalta

Muita linkkejä:

Seksuaalioikeudet eivät ole rahasta kiinni
Heini Utunen Zivin kolumni

Naisiin kohdistuvasta väkivallasta
Amnestyn Akkaryhmän sivuilla

Naisjärjestöt yhteistyössä eli Nytkis

Naisjärjestöjen keskusliitto: http://www.naisjarjestot.fi/

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