Gender-Based Violence

violence against womenViolence against women is, unfortunately prevalent throughout many parts of the world.  For centuries women have been fighting for their right for equality and ability to live a life free from gender based violence.  The image above was taken in Philadelphia at the One Billion Rising rally.  One Billion Rising began in February 2012 and continues holding rally’s with the theme of 2018 being “Solidarity.”  One Billion Rising is fighting to end  violence and injustices against women and in support of women’s equality, safety and freedom.   Since the birth of the United States, women have been fighting for equality and against gender-based violence.  It is estimated that, globally,  one out of every three females will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.  In the United States one in five women have been raped in their lifetime, and, one in three women have been the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.  The laws in the United States which address violence against women, are relatively new laws.  In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act passed through Congress with bi-partisan support.  The Violence Against Women Act, which was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, provides services for victims of rape and domestic violence.  The re-authorizations of the act in 2000 and 2005 expanded the mandate  to address sexual assault and stalking along with domestic violence.  The United States is one of only seven countries, out of the 193 member countries of the United Nations, who have not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  Member States who have ratified CEDAW committed to ending gender discrimination and establishing equality in all areas Including: health care, education, political participation, employment and marriage.  The United States is one of only nine countries who do not have guaranteed paid leave for the mothers of newborns.  According to the World Economic Forum, the United States ranks 65th out of 142 countries surveyed in wage equality between genders for similar work.  Based on current statistics for gender-based violence, governments in all countries need to do more to address the issue of gender-based violece.

 

 

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