Madrid, November 23 (IPS)-30% of women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, the most common being an intimate partner. Of all the victims of human smuggling and trafficking who are trafficked, purchased and enslaved, more than 70% are women and girls-three-quarters of them are sexually exploited.
These are only part of the pessimistic picture of the still widespread violence against women and girls. This is one of the most common, lasting and destructive human rights violations due to impunity, silence, stigma and Shame, this situation has largely remained unreported surrounding it.
These are figures derived from recorded cases. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine that the numbers and percentages are much higher.
Is there enough International Day?
Every November 25th marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenAccording to this year’s situation, in general, it manifests in physical, sexual and psychological forms, including:
- Intimate partner violence (beating, psychological abuse, marital rape, murder of women);
- Sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sex, unwanted sexual provocation, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, online harassment);
- Human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
As in previous years, International Day 2021 will mark 16 days of activism The conference will end on December 10, 2021, the International Human Rights Day.
Different forms of violence against women and girls
According to World Day, Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women The United Nations General Assembly defined violence against women in 1993 as: “Any act of gender-based violence that causes or may cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats to take such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty , Whether it happens in public life or in private life.”
in this regard, UN Women ——Committed to setting and maintaining standards, and creating an environment where every woman and girl can exercise their human rights and reach their full potential. The report states that less than 40% of women who have experienced violence seek any Form of help.
Low-income and lower-middle-income countries are disproportionately affected
UN Women also report Globally, violence against women has a particularly serious impact on low-income and low- and middle-income countries and regions.
37% of women aged 15 to 49 who live in countries classified by the Sustainable Development Goals as “least developed countries” have experienced physical and/or intimate partner sexual violence in their lives.
In addition, 22% of women living in the “least developed countries” have experienced intimate partner violence in the past 12 months-well above the world average of 13%.
According to the world entity, adult women account for nearly half (49%) of all human trafficking victims found globally. Women and girls together account for 72%, and girls account for more than 3 out of three-quarters of child trafficking victims. Most women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
In the Middle East and North Africa, 40% to 60% of women have experienced street sexual harassment.
At the same time, 1 in 10 women in the European Union reported that they had suffered online harassment since the age of 15.
At the same time, at least 200 million women and girls aged 15-49 have experienced female genital mutilation in 31 countries where such practices are concentrated. Half of these countries are in West Africa.
There are still some countries where female genital mutilation is almost universal, in which at least nine out of ten girls and women aged 15-49 have been mutilated. (Look: Little God’s Daughter (Part 2) 200 million girls were mutilated)
In addition, 15 million girls aged 15-19 have experienced compulsive sexual behaviors worldwide. In most countries, adolescent girls are most likely to be forced to have sex (forced intercourse or other sexual behaviors) by their current or former husband, partner, or boyfriend. According to data from 30 countries, only 1% of people have sought professional help.
Adding all the above, one in five women married before the age of 18. (See: Little God’s Daughter (Part 1) 800 million girls forced to be mothers).
Is there any hope?
As of September 2020, 52 countries have included the prevention and response to violence against women and girls in their COVID-19 response plans, and 121 countries have taken measures to strengthen services for women survivors of violence during the global crisis, but there is an urgent need to make Work harder.
UN Women also reported that at least 155 countries have passed laws on domestic violence and 140 countries have passed laws on sexual harassment in the workplace.
“However, even if laws exist, this does not mean that they always comply with international standards and recommendations, or that the laws are implemented and enforced.”
All the above facts and figures are not only shocking; they reflect the terrible reality of millions of women and girls in yet another case of astonishing inequality that prevails in the world.
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