Violence against women is largely unreported. Fear and stigma often prevent women from reporting incidents of violence or seeking assistance.
55 to 95% of women who have been physically abused by their partners have never contacted the police, aid groups or shelters.
Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data. (Details)
Since 9 years, November 25th has been declared "The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women", calling the world's attention to gender-based violence.
Over 1.3 million people signed the petition supporting the fight for this cause. Make your voice count, sign the petition now:
Violence of women is also an issue of prevention from the ground up. Aid agencies have been working on better girls' education, and using food aid as a tool to help women out of extreme poverty. (Example)
Picture extracted from Michael's excellent article Congo: The Rape Capital of the World.
More on The Road about sexual violence and emancipation.