New York — Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.
Gender-based violence hurts women, their families and their countries, and it reinforces inequalities between men and women throughout the world. Marital rape is still not considered a criminal offense in more than 35 countries. More than 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.
“This is not acceptable: better laws and their enforcement are needed,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.
She called for law enforcement and judicial systems to work together with governments, civil society and international partners to tackle the root causes of violence against women, support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.
Gender-based discrimination remains the single most widespread driver of inequalities in today’s world. This is captured in UNDP’s new Regional Human Development Report (HDR) 2013-2014Citizen Security with a Human Face: evidence and proposals for Latin America, which sets out that gender-based violence contributes to insecurity in Latin America and is a persistent threat and obstacle to human development, public health and human rights.
According to the report, almost all the assessed countries in the region recorded increases of domestic violence, rape and female murders. Among UNDP-surveyed inmates who had committed sexual offenses, between 75 percent and 90 percent reported knowing their victims before the crime and between 20 percent and 40 percent were family members…http://allafrica.com/stories/201311251111.html