On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a series of graphics show how widespread male violence against women and girls is widespread throughout the world.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The term “violence against women” includes forms of male violence against women and girls, including intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and child marriages.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began early last year, one in three women says they or someone they know has experienced some form of violence, according to data from 13 countries in a new UN report.
Thursday also marks the start of 16 days of activism up to December 10, International Human Rights Day, whose theme this year is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”
The five infographics below show how widespread men’s violence against women is around the world.
Intimate partner abuse
Nearly one in three women has been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by their current or former partner at least once in their lives, according to a report released this year by the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
The situation is worst in Afghanistan, where nearly 34 percent of women and girls over the age of 15 have been abused by a partner, according to data analyzed by UN Women.
Five of the 10 countries where women and girls are most abused are in Africa. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 32 percent of women and girls aged 15 and over have been abused by their intimate partners.
Murder of a woman
About 87,000 women were murdered in 2017, according to the latest global homicide report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The incidence of intimate partner / family-related homicide was highest in Africa.
Trafficking in human beings
Most of the known victims of human trafficking are women and girls with 46 and 19 percent respectively, according to UNODC.
77 percent of women are trafficked for sexual exploitation, while 14 percent are trafficked for forced labor.
72 percent of girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, 21 percent are trafficked for forced labor.
Forced child marriages
Child marriage is prominent in several regions of Africa and in South Asia.
In Africa, Niger has the highest prevalence of child marriages, with 76 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 today having been married off before the age of 18.
South Asia also has a high proportion of child marriages, with 28 percent of girls forced to marry before their 18th birthday and 7 percent before their 15th birthday.
Sexual violence in conflict
About 550 of the 638 registered cases of sexual violence against civilians in conflict zones have been women, according to figures from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project since January 2020.
Conflicting sexual violence and conflict-related sexual violence include wartime rape and crimes committed by armed and organized actors.
Africa accounts for the largest number of cases with 376 incidents, most of which occur in the DRC, with 135 incidents, mainly committed by “unidentified armed groups”.