BY DUNIA MAG
Underlining the global nature of the issue, women in Malaga, Spain, participate in a protest against gender violence. One in three women suffer physical or sexual violence during their lives. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters
16 Days of Activism, an ongoing campaign against Gender-Based Violence, is taking place between November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10th (Human Rights Day). The effort coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, is inviting the international public to unite in ending violence against women and girls globally. This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that up to 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives:
The WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women indicated that intimate partner violence is widespread across many societies. The study showed that rates of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner ranged from 15% in Japan, to 70% in Ethiopia and Peru, with most sites reporting rates of between 29 and 62%.
Violence against women can damage the health and well-being of children, WHO:
Witnessing intimate partner violence can damage the normal development of children in the family. Studies have shown that some children exposed to violence between parents have more social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive and general health problems than children from families where there was no violence between partners.
VIDEO: Kids were asked to “slap her” watch their reactions:
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