18-19 JUNE 2019 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels


Women and violence in our century

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations across the globe. It happens everywhere, in every society and country, regardless of social background, whether at home, at work, at school, in the street or online. It affects women and girls’ health and well-being, and it hampers their access to quality education and employment.

One in three women worldwide still suffers physical or sexual violence, often at the hands of an intimate partner. In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18. One in nine is married under age 15. Three out of four women in a professional job have experienced sexual harassment.

A comprehensive approach involving a wide range of stakeholders, including men and boys, is needed to effectively address this scourge. It must cover the development of laws and policies, prevention of violence before it happens and access to a package of essential services for survivors; and include data collection and research.

Free women and girls from violence — and they are free to change the world.