The UN Women 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, began last week Wednesday on 25 November 2015. The Campaign will continue until 10 December 2015, Human Rights Day.
According to UN Women, “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991″ (1)
The Stats are chilling…
- In a recent survey of schoolgirls in Lusaka, Zambia, 53% reported that girls in their school have experienced sexual harassment. (2)
- South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world (3)
- In the UK, the Office for National Statistics reported 1.4 million women suffered domestic abuse in 2014 (4)
- In India, 8,093 cases of dowry-related death were reported in 2007; an unknown number of murders of women and young girls were falsely labeled ‘suicides’ or ‘accidents’. (5)
- In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners. (5)
- In the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 66 percent of murders of women were committed by husbands, boyfriends or other family members. (5)
- Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16. (5)
- An estimated 150 million girls under the age of 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone. (5)
- The first sexual experience of some 30 percent of women was forced. The percentage is even higher among those who were under 15 at the time of their sexual initiation, with up to 45 percent reporting that the experience was forced. (5)
- Approximately 130 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, with more than 3 million girls in Africa annually at risk of the practice. (5)
- Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million). Violence and abuse characterize married life for many of these girls. Women who marry early are more likely to be beaten or threatened, and more likely to believe that a husband might sometimes be justified in beating his wife. (5)
- In the United States, 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools. (5)
Mbewu Movement supports this Campaign and cause not only over the 16 days, but ALWAYS. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, with Africa, with the world and call upon you all; male and female, young and old to raise awareness and galvanize action to eliminate violence against women.
The world will be wearing orange over the Campaign period, and posting pictures with the tag #orangetheworld. Get involved!