Domestic Violence in Georgia: Breaking the Silence
TBILISI, Georgia – Ia B. is an elegant woman with bright hazelnut eyes, fashionable clothes and a vibrant personality. She hasn’t always looked this poised and self-confident. According to Indira Robakidze, a programme coordinator at the Tbilisi-based shelter for the victims of domestic violence, Ia’s life was in shambles when she first entered the shelter. “She was pale, frightened and disoriented,” Indira recalls. “Look how far she has come.”

To be a Woman in Nepal
The beauty that conjures images of Shangri-la for many tourists and trekkers belies the grim reality that Nepalese women face. 80 percent of women report being a survivor of gender-based violence in their lifetime. The definition varies, from abuse to rape to abandonment, but the result is the same. There is impunity for sexual violence and a women’s status in society is a life-long trap that curtails opportunities for education and even the most basic human rights.

16 Forms of Gender Violence & 16 Ways to Stop It
Violence against women takes many forms: beyond rape and sexual harassment, it also includes child marriage, wife beating, prostitution, female genital cutting/mutilation, dowry-related violence, trafficking etc. Violence can also be psychological abuse, intimidation and harassment. All are unacceptable violations of human rights. Together they form a huge obstacle to gender equality and genuine human progress.

Helping Rape and Torture Survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Enisa grew up in Foca, a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where people of different religions and ethnicities lived together in peace. She studied social work, learned to dance, and fell in love with a childhood friend, whom she married and had two daughters with. She and her husband never imagined that their pleasant world would be shattered by the violence that was beginning to envelop other parts of the country in the early 1990s.

Commit- Act- Demand to End Violence Against Women
November 25th marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, an annual campaign that mobilizes a broad range of organizations to pledge to end violence against women. It begins on the anniversary of the 1961 assassination of the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic. It ends on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

South Africa: Supporting survivors and holding perpetrators accountable
Pages of local newspapers are filled daily with a steady deluge of reports of rape from across the country. According to official statistics, one out of four South African women has been or will be raped. Nearly 23,000 cases were reported in the first six months of 2007.

Violence Plagues Darfur Women Searching for Firewood
To help supplement the food aid she receives, Zahara joined other internally displaced women to search for animal fodder, which she could sell in the market. Walking about two hours outside of Manawashi, she and a group of seven women were attacked by men on camels.

Cambodian Women's Crisis Center: Supporting Victims of Violence
Since its opening in 1997 by a small group of women concerned with the high incidence of violence in Cambodia, The Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center has helped thousands of women who were victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or trafficking

New Law Increases Penalty for Rape in Liberia
In the past in Liberia, if victims of rape threatened to go to the police, perpetrators would often simply buy off the victims or the parents of their victims. In addition, the legal process was long and arduous, and costs were too much of a burden for poor families

Eradicating FGM/FGC
Worldwide, about 130 million girls and young women have experienced female genital cutting (FGC), and an additional 2 million are at risk each year. FGC threatens the sexual and reproductive health of millions of girls in parts of Africa, Asia and some Arab States.

First Center Against Violence in Kabul
In January, UNFPA opened the first ever Family Response Unit in Kabul, Afghanistan where violence against women and children is so common that it has become one of the most prevalent public health concerns.

Responding to Sexual Violence in Darfur
Sexual violence in Darfur is under-reported and under-treated, and there is little evidence that culprits are being actively sought, let alone punished, for their crimes.

Curbing Sexual Violence at a Time of Political Turmoil
An estimated 600 girls live and work on the street in the Haitian capital. Many of them have their own children, and many others are regularly exposed to violence and unprotected sex with clients and police officers.

10 Country Study: Community-Based Programs Can Halt Violence Against Women
Rape in Mauritania, domestic violence in Mexico and Romania, child marriage in Bangladesh, and female genital mutilation or cutting in Kenya are just a few of the abuses explored in “Programming to Address Violence Against Women,” which offers 10 case studies that show how carefully targeted and planned interventions can actually reduce gender-based violence, the agency said.

Gender-Based Violence Still Worldwide Problem
"Violence against women persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality," says the first-ever in-depth report on gender violence released in October 2006 by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

A Safe Haven for Girls
The Tasaru Ntomonok Center run by Agnes Pareyio is a safe haven for girls escaping FGM/FGC and forced marriages. With UNFPA support, the Tasaru Ntomonok Center offers girls in Kenya a safe, empowering journey into womanhood-without a cut.


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