Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Key statistics on violence against women and girls

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The UK Mission is launching an infographic on Key Statistics on Violence Against Women and Girls. The launch takes place on Monday 4 March for the start of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and again on Friday 8 March for International Women’s Day.

"There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable."  (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

Worldwide today:

•    1 in 3 women have been beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. Usually the abuser is a member of her own family or someone known to her.

•    Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood

•    In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read

•    Every year, 60 million girls are sexually assaulted at, or on their way to, school

•    Women and girls are 80% (640.000) of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually with the majority (505.600) trafficked for sexual exploitation.

•    At least 60 million girls are 'missing' from various populations - mostly in Asia - as a result of infanticide, neglect or sex-selected abortions.

•    Up to 5% of women report being physically abused while pregnant. 50% of physically abused Indian women report violence during pregnancy.

•    Between 100 and 140 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. In six African countries over 80% of women have been subject to this practice.

•    Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides: 31.3 million in South Asia, 14.1 million  in Sub-Sahara Africa. Violence and abuse characterise married life for many of these girls.

It is time to stop this worldwide injustice. Spread the message and join the conversation on Twitter. Follow: #IWD2013 #endVAW #TimeToAct