Violence against women

Violence against women

The most pervasive human rights violation of the 21st century.

“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.” Mahatma Gandhi

Violence against women and girls is often presented as a tragic isolated event or the side effect of war and armed conflict. It is not.

Around the world, the most dangerous place for a woman is not living through war or walking alone on city streets – although these can be hazardous and brutal places. Instead, the most dangerous place for a woman is in her own home.

More than 1.2 billion women – one third of women in the world – have experienced physical or sexual violence or both at the hands of their husband, partner or boyfriend.

In South East Asia, the figure is even higher with nearly 40% of women experiencing violence. In addition, 30 years of female infanticide and feticide in Asia are now estimated to have resulted in 163 million ‘missing’ girls. And to make the population imbalance even worse, women and girls make up 75% of people trafficked across national borders annually.

Sisters for Change is working to generate systemic change in how governments combat violence against women, and to create social change by mobilising communities to end its social acceptance. We do this by working in partnership with local grassroots women’s rights organisations on the ground. Read more about our work.

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