Violence against women and girls is a horrific worldwide phenomenon.
It has been estimated that one in three women (35%) of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Intimate partner violence is the most common however other forms of violence include human trafficking, sexual violence including when it is used a s tactic of war and harmful traditional practices such as early forced marriages, female genital mutilation and so called “honor” killings.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of all women are committed by an intimate partner.
Gender based violence cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education and international borders.
Click here for more information about FAWCO’s Sub-Committee on Ending Violence against Women and Children
World Heath Organization Fact Sheet on VAW www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/
Say No to Violence - Join the orange campaign to fight violence against women www.saynotoviolence.org/
UNITE- UN Secretary General’s Campaign to End Violence against Women www.un.org/en/women/endviolence
UN Women- support for Ending VAW www.unwomen.org/
US Strategy to End Violence against Women and Girls http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2012/08/20120812134584.html#axzz2nkXBZuih