International Women's Day
This year, International Women’s Day focuses on fighting violence against women and girls.
Violence affects the lives of millions of women worldwide, in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society.
Violence against women in the Arab World takes a dismaying variety of forms, from domestic abuse, honor killing and rape to child marriages and female circumcision. All are violations of the most fundamental human rights.
Globally, up to 60% of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their life. 2 million women and girls are trafficked each year into prostitution, forced labour, slavery, or servitude.
Women and girls continue to suffer from widespread insecurity in the conflict-ridden region of Darfur. For 13-year old Aisha, her childhood ended when she was brutallymore
Asma* lived in Jabalia Camp in the Gaza Strip where she attempted to raise a family whilst trapped within a violent marriage. Aggression and attacks weremore
10 February 2011 Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancingmore
Video: Helen Clark's Statement on International Women's Day 2013
Gender in Somalia
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- In Darfur, rape cases constitute nearly 19 percent of the total criminal caseload, including some cases where the Government lifted immunity of law enforcement and military personnel
- In Egypt, 85% of urban women aged 15 - 49 have been circumcised. More than half of all circumcised women aged 15 - 49 have been circumcised between the ages of 7 and 10
- In Iraq, an estimated one in five women between the ages of 15 and 49 has suffered physical violence at the hands of her husband
- More than a third of women living in the Gaza Strip are exposed to physical abuse in their homes, according to a 2011 violence survey by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Almost 15 per cent are exposed to sexual abuse, and a staggering three-quarters experience psychological abuse
- Over 17,000 Palestinians received legal aid in 2011 through six legal aid clinics. Women account for 88% of the visitors of the clinics, who receive free legal advice and are eligible to free legal representation by qualified lawyers.