Take action on International Women's Day
8 March 2013
Today is International Women's Day, a chance to celebrate women's empowerment, reflect on the ongoing struggle for gender equality, and look ahead to the opportunities that await future generations of women.
This year, UNA-UK and the United Nations are using the Day to generate debate and action to end violence against women.
Across the globe, women of all backgrounds are affected by violence, from abuse in their own homes to mass rape in conflict situations. The figures are truly shocking:
- 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime
- As many as 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
- Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16
Sexual violence also continues to be used as a weapon of war. Last month, Human Rights Watch released a damning report on rape by security forc