Violence against women

End violence against women (EVAW) and the United Nations (UN) are the leading organisations which campaign to end all forms of violence against women.

The EVAW and the UN web sites contain extensive information about how different forms of violence damage the lives of women and girls in the United Kingdom and across the world and what measures are needed to protect and empower them.

According to the UN, violence against women is "Violence that is directed at a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately".

In the UK up to 3 million women a year experience violence, and many more live with the legacies of abuse experienced in the past. In the UK it includes: domestic violence, rape and sexual violence, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, crimes in the name of honour, trafficking and sexual exploitation. It is mostly committed by men that women know or are in a close relationship with.

25 November is the UN International Day for the elimination of violence against women.

Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign’s Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year but every month.

"Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world. It is a threat to all women, and an obstacle to all our efforts for development, peace, and gender equality in all societies.

Violence against women is always a violation of human rights; it is always a crime; and it is always unacceptable. Let us take this issue with the deadly seriousness that it deserves."

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

Over recent years the UK austerity regime has led to cuts in the support services for women and girls experiencing violence. The EVAW’s Women’s Safety Manifesto calls for clear commitments to protect support services whilst investing more resources in measures to prevent violence and abuse.

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