End Violence against Women

Regional Training of Trainers in Bangkok. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

Violence against women and children is perhaps the most pervasive violation of human rights. At least one out of every three women around the world will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence against women devastates lives, fractures families and communities, and stalls development. Economic impoverishment, coupled with discrimination and inequality, heightens women’s vulnerability to violence, keeps them dependent and limits their options.

Statistics paint a horrifying picture of the social and health consequences of violence against women and children. For women aged 15 to 44 years, violence is a major cause of death and disability. Rape and domestic and intimate partner violence are higher risk factors for women in this age-group than cancer, motor vehicle accidents, war and malaria. The economic cost of violence against women and children is hugely significant – the costs of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeded US$5.8 billion in 2003 - US$4.1 billion was spent on direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses accounted for nearly US$1.8 billion. Hence, violence against women and children impoverishes individuals, families and communities by reducing the economic development of each nation.

In East and Southeast Asia, the widespread prevalence of violence against women is a serious issue, particularly with regard to domestic violence and marital rape, child marriages, and trafficking in women and girls. Despite considerable progress in establishing policies and programmes, implementation has been far slower. This gap is largely the result of deeply entrenched cultural values, attitude and practices that are rooted in gender stereotype and ultimately justify exploitative behaviour and violence against women.

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Building skills of young leaders to prevent violence against women and girls

14 May 2015

Young activists from 13 countries in Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok from 5 th to 7 th of May 2015 to attend a regional training of trainers (ToT) on prevention of violence against women (VAW) to build the skills of youth advocates to engage in peer education to prevent violence against women... more