The World Health Organization (WHO) global estimate report on ‘Violence against women: Intimate partner and sexual violence against women’ states that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
As people worldwide observe International day for the elimination of violence against women, millions of women are faced with intimidation, abuse and violations, in their communities, homes and business circles.
In most developing countries, lack of opportunities, better social policies, illiteracy and poverty, make women the most vulnerable and suffered in silence.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence, stating that ‘violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development’.
The WHO report states that violence against women, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence, are major public health problems and violations of women’s human rights and most of this violence linked to intimate partner violence.
Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Factors associated with increased risk of perpetration of violence include low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality.
Factors associated with increased risk of experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence include low education, exposure to violence between parents, abuse during childhood, attitudes accepting violence and gender inequality.
Story adapted courtesy oh WHO