International Day for the Elimination of Violence

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    A new human chain to claim gender equality at IES Juan de Mairena in Mairena (Spain)

    Silent demonstration and music to pay homage to too many silent female victims.

  • 11/2019: Silent demonstration and music to pay homage to too many silent female victims.

    Last year we talked about the violence on women in our partner school in Sevilla. This year there was also an event connected with this topic. You can read more about it in the UN web page HERE.

    Why we must eliminate violence against women

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

    In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

    • intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
    • sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
    • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
    • female genital mutilation; and
    • child marriage.

    Some facts for your consideration:

    • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner
    • Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care
    • Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)
    • 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2017; while only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances
    • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited
    • Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.