Did you know?

Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.

Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, violence against women devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development. It takes many forms and occurs in many places – domestic violence in the home, sexual abuse of girls in schools, sexual harassment at work, rape by husbands or strangers, in refugee camps or as a tactic of war.
  • • An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffer some form of sexual violence.
  • • As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical and/or sexual violence during pregnancy which increases the likelihood of miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.
  • • Intimate partner and sexual violence are mostly perpetrated by men against girls and women. However, sexual violence against boys is also common. International studies reveal that approximately 20% of women and 5–10% of men report being victims of sexual violence as children.
Femicide - the murder of women because they are women
  • • Femicide occurs throughout the world at alarming rates and is perpetrated by intimate partners, family members, and men involved with criminal groups. Women and girls are killed because of their gender in their homes, in clinics, in the streets, and in times of conflict.
  • • In the United States, one-third of women murdered each year are killed by intimate partners
  • • 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually
Harmful practices
  • • 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18
Rape as a method of warfare
  • • Rape has long been used as a tactic of war, with violence against women during or after armed conflicts reported in every international or non-international war-zone.
  • • Between 1998 and 1999, where women and girls were the most vulnerable civilians in Kosovo, it is estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 women were raped
Sexual Harassment
  • • Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16.
  • • Between 40 and 50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advancements, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at their workplace.
  • • In the United States, 83 per cent of girls aged 12 to 16 experiences some form of sexual harassment in public schools.
Women’s participation
  • • The global average of women participation in National Parliaments is 19.9 %.
  • • Out of 24 major peace processes since 1992, only 2.5 % of signatories, 3.2 % of mediators, 5.5 % of witnesses and 7.6 % of negotiators were women.
  • • In Kosovo, 34% of MPs are women
  • • In Kosovo, 14.75% of the Kosovo Police and 8.1% of the Kosovo Security Forces are women
  • • In Kosovo, 28% of the Judiciary and 30% of Prosecutors are women
  • • In Kosovo, only 11% of private businesses are owned by women, and only 3% of bank loans to startup businesses go to women
Costs and consequences of violence against women and girls
  • • The costs of violence against women are extremely high. They include the direct costs of services to treat and support abused women and their children and to bring perpetrators to justice.
  • • The indirect costs include lost employment and productivity, and the costs in human pain and suffering.