Tackling violence against women and girls
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”
-Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General (2007-2016)
Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence — regardless of age, background or country. The violence occurs in public and private and affects both the woman and her community. Overwhelmingly committed by men against women, sexual violence can take many forms, including rape, domestic violence, harassment and objectification, “honor” killings, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, “child marriage” and other harmful practices.
When women and girls can live free from the threat of sexual violence, they can live healthier lives. When communities are safer for women and girls, they are safer and more prosperous for everyone. Equality Now’s work to end sexual violence can positively impact not only the woman or girl – but also her entire community.