Violence Against Women:

Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. They are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. As societies change, patterns of violence alter and new forms emerge. Some forms of violence, such as trafficking, cross national boundaries. Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished. Violence against women harms families across generations, as well as communities and reinforces other violence through out societies. Violence against women also impoverishes women, their families, communities and nations. It lowers economic productivity, drains resources from public services and employers, and reduces human capital formation. Violence against women is complex and diverse in its manifestations, with far-reaching and long-lasting consequences and costs. Its elimination requires a comprehensive, systematic and determined response.

Since the early 1990s, after intensive lobbying by the women’s movement, violence against women was declared a special kind of human rights violation. It was argued that violence against women was global, systemic and rooted in power imbalances and structural inequalities between men and women. The acknowledgement of violence against women as violation of human rights was the starting point of the international community caring about and addressing violence against women. What followed were all kind of human rights declarations, resolutions, conventions and recommendations, which not only labelled VAW as human rights violation, but also obliged states to take measures to combat it.

Nowadays, all kinds of programs and projects are being conducted to address various forms of violence against women worldwide. With all those forms of Violence, all the interventions and the great number of organisations involved, it can become difficult to get an overview of the whole picture: what are the main problems, who is doing what and what are the blind spots. This mapping tool is developed to enable NGOs to create that overview. To learn more about the mapping tool, please follow this link

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