International Women's DayMar 8, 2013
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.