Violence against women is a serious abuse of women’s human rights, and an injustice experienced by women around the world.
The infographic below aims to highlight the reality of violence against women and the different ways that women – children, adolescents and adults – can be affected by violence throughout their lives. The aim of this infographic is to highlight the extent of the problem and raise awareness to drive change and stop violence against women.
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- If you are born a girl in South Africa, you are more likely to be raped than to learn to read.
- A female virgin child is valued at $500 by sex traffickers.
- In Uganda, 8 in every 100 students aged 16-17 had been coerced into sex with their teachers.
- 250 girls experience female genital mutilation every hour. That's 42 girls every 10 minutes.
- In Nepal, 70% of girls are married by age 10 and 40% by age 15.
- In Krygyzstan approximately 40% of women in cities had been victims of 'bride kidnapping' one of the most common forms of forced marriage.
- Up to 70% of women experience physical or sexual abuse by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
- 2 million women and children are held in sexual servitude around the world, but 95% of trafficking cases are never reported.
- Up to 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide, 64,000 in Sierra Leone, 40,000 in the Bosnian war, and 4,500 in one province in Congo in six months alone.
- Half a million fewer female babies are born in India due to the practice of 'sex-selective abortion'.
The World Health Organisation describes sexual violence as "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed against a person's sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting".
What this definition fails to express is the shocking list of violent acts that are inflicted onwomen, and the scale to which they occur around the world.
Show your solidarity and commitment to the elimination of violenceagainst women by sharing this infographic. The first step to change is education, so let's share the hard truths about sexual violence.