UN Makes Progress Towards Ending Gender- Based Violence and Boosting Equality
The United Nations is working with other organizations and individuals to one day make gender-based violence a thing of the past. And, happily, they have made marked progress in this regard. The Agency has been working hard to increase peace and equality worldwide.
Much of this work begins by creating programs aimed at assisting women and girls. In fact, The United Nation has deemed gender equality a fundamental human right.
Gender-Based Violence is a Worldwide Problem
Highly-regarded advocacy groups like the World Health Organization have identified gender-based violence as a major problem. This type of abuse raises substantial humanitarian, public safety, and health concerns. And unfortunately, it’s a problem that exists everywhere.
In some parts of the world, girls face threats of violence their entire lives. As a result, they often face unimaginable challenges. Young girls are married off to adult men in forced marriages.
In some instances of the most severe gender-based violence, women and young girls are subject to genital mutilation. As horrifying as it seems, the UN estimates that 133 million girls and women experience this type of violence.
Although gender-based violence is most dire in Africa, Oceania, and Western Asia, it is a problem everywhere in the world.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women worldwide suffer violence from their intimate partner. In fact, as many as 38% of all female murder victims worldwide are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
Often, women lack the support that they need to get out of violent situations. This is where organizations and benefactors must step in an fill the gap.
Women can help end gender-based violence by offering support and mentorship.
Many successful women around the world, including Lady Jamileh Kharrazi, are doing just that.
Lady Kharrazi has worked particularly hard to reach out to particularly vulnerable communities. This is why she focuses much of her benevolent work on refugees, as well as other women and children affected by violence.
Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response
Fortunately, issues faced by women are receiving more attention and respect than ever before. The protection of gender equality as a fundamental right requires a great deal of progress.
Although we have a long way to go to end gender-based violence altogether, policymakers are relying on progressive strategies to address the problem.
According to USAID and others, gender-based violence is a human rights violation.
It presents a barrier to meaningful economic and social participation for women, and it undermines safety and dignity. As a result, these organizations have developed policies that can be used to reduce this indignity.
Specifically, they focus on prevention and support for survivors. This requires increasing awareness of just how widespread the problem of gender-based violence is and boosting violence prevention programs. Fortunately, many women are standing up to become advocates against gender-based violence.
Activists recently presented at the UN, explaining why they are fighting against gender-based violence. They shared horrific examples of gender-based brutality in their own home countries, including Fiji, Guatemala, Kenya, and Peru. Even though some of these advocates receive little support from the governments of their home nations, the international community makes sure their work continues.