Half the World's Women Are Victims of Domestic Violence, Unicef Reports
Up to half of the female population of the
world become the victims of domestic abuse,
suggests Unicef's report, "Domestic Violence
Against Women and Girls," released today.
The study defines "abuse" broadly, from the
abortion of female fetuses to the infanticide of
girl-children, to "the deliberate under-feeding"
of girls and their lack of access to medical
care, to sexual abuse and incest, to "the fatal
beating of adult women." The report shows
that domestic violence is alarmingly prevalent
in every country and region, although "the
problem is often most acute in the poorest
The study gathers already published research
from many countries, and is part of Unicef's
recent series of studies on women's rights
aimed at uncovering the political, economic,
and socio-cultural reasons behind women's
inability to overcome disadvantages like
poverty and illiteracy.
Unicef released its report just before next
weeks special General Assembly session
assessing the advances women have made
since 1995's Fourth World Conference on
Women in Beijing. The Feminist Majority
Foundation will participate in this conference,
presenting research and recommendations
based on our work with women's rights
worldwide, including the Campaign to Stop
Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan. For more
information, please visit FMF's Beijing +5
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