- Up to 70 per cent of women face physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to available country data. Most violence takes place in intimate relationships.
- In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70 per cent of female murder victims.
- Worldwide, up to 50 per cent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 15.
- More than 64 million girls worldwide are child brides, with 46 per cent of women aged 20–24 in South Asia and 41 per cent in West and Central Africa reporting that they married before the age of 18. Child marriage resulting in early and unwanted pregnancies poses life-threatening risks for adolescent girls; worldwide, pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death for 15-to-19-year-old girls.
- Approximately 140 million girls and women in the world have suffered female genital mutilation/cutting.
- Trafficking ensnares millions of women and girls in modern-day slavery. Women and girls represent 55 per cent of the estimated 20.9 million victims of forced labour worldwide, and 98 per cent of the estimated 4.5 million forced into sexual exploitation.
- Rape has been a rampant tactic in modern wars. Conservative estimates suggest that 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the 1992–1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were targeted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
- Between 40 and 50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.
- In the United States, 83 per cent of girls aged 12 to 16 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.
#Orangeurworld Campaign Facts
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‘Safe and Empowering Public Spaces with and for Women and Girls’ is the focus of this month's Orange Day (25 October), the call to wear orange in support of ending violence against women and girls.
Observed on the 25th of every month, Orange Day was proclaimed by the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2012 to focus attention on the struggle to end violence against women and girls. Everyone is encouraged to learn more, share information, speak out and wear something Orange in support of the issue.
Message by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2013.
1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner.
UN Resident Coordinator Khadija Musa speaking at a symposium held at the International Conference Centre by the Human Services Ministry to mark International Women’s Day.
Musa said the daily headlines of dreadful, unceasing acts of violence speak to a society marred by broken and dysfunctional families, adding that strong familial relations are the bedrock that can create a huge dent in the crime situation.
“Women can change the situation since character and behaviour begins at home. When we have young boys amid our families; we must educate them to respect girls and women as well as themselves. If they don’t respect their womenfolk then they are not respecting themselves.”