The heart of the theme for our second-Women’s March anniversary event is “End Violence Against Women” because it is imperative to expose the magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women suffer everywhere, every day worldwide.
Women’s March Global has put together this toolkit so that we as individuals are aware of the gross atrocities and struggles faced by women and girls all over the world. Through this toolkit, we aim to provide the global community a perspective into the recent statistics and laws of the various types of violence faced by women. It scratches only the surface of the information and resources available.
One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime—that is one too many. Too often, it is normalized and left unpunished. No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped. By focusing on “End Violence Against Women” as the major theme for our anniversary march, we at Women’s March Global have joined the UNiTE Campaign in solidarity to show our support to women all across the globe and join the movement to end violence against women.
On Jan. 19-20 join us in solidarity with the Women’s Wave and speak out for the rights, freedom, and justice for women and allies everywhere.
The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that about one in three (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.1
According to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, institutional or structural violence is ‘any form of structural inequality or institutional discrimination that maintains a woman in a subordinate position, whether physical or ideological, to other people within her family, household or community’.2
Research suggests that women with disabilities are more likely to experience domestic violence, emotional abuse, and sexual assault than women without disabilities.3 In 2012, 1.3 million violent crimes—including rape and physical assault—occurred against people with disabilities and that number has been steadily increasing since 2008, making people with disabilities one of the most harmed groups in the United States.4
Violence against women goes beyond the interpersonal, direct violence that is captured in gender-based violence research and advocacy like domestic abuse, rape, femicides. The institutional, indirect, and state-sanctioned violence is also at the core of the varying forms of violence that women directly experience. Understanding the interconnectedness of how policies, laws, and misogyny impact women are important so that we can work collective to break down the systems that support recurring violence against women. Violence against women is pervasive throughout the world. It is a complex web of social norms, institutional practices, and cultural values that weaves its way through the entirety of women’s lives.