Violence against women – We say no!”
In these sections, we aim to paint an accurate picture of the worldwide epidemic of violence against women and girls (‘VAWG’), exploring what we know about how it occurs, where it occurs, and why it occurs. We look at how VAWG is a barrier to the education, empowerment, and enabling of women and girls. All of which underscores how violence is one of, if not the, primary barrier to women’s equality in today’s world.
We then look to solutions – how can Soroptimists use education, empowerment, and enabling opportunities to prevent and reduce VAWG and support victim/survivors. While the state of VAWG across the world is, at times, shocking, there is a very hopeful and growing body of evidence showing that change can, and does happen.
The world is finally waking up to this epidemic and saying “Enough is Enough!”
Image: International Women’s Day demonstration at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York City, 2013.
All quotes in this section are from SI’s panel on VAWG held at the 56th Annual Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York City, 2012.