About Violence Against Women

“It is not just women who are paying an enormous price for this culture and religious prejudice. We all suffer when women and girls are abused and their needs are neglected. By denying them security and opportunity, we embed unfairness in our society and fail to make the most of the talents of half the population”

– The Global Elders (2009)

Violence against women is a worldwide pandemic of devastating proportions. One out of every three women will experience some form of violence in her lifetime. Violence against women crosses all social, economic, cultural, religious, and political borders. Violence against women knows no geographical bounds; it is a problem in every country in the world.

This violence can be physical, psychological, or socioeconomic in nature, and may be perpetrated by family members, trusted community members, and even authorities. While there is not one specific cause of violence against women, some critical factors that perpetuate this brutality include social inequalities, lack of awareness and understanding, poverty, abuse of religion, war and political conflicts, stigma, impunity and silence.

Religious leaders and communities have tremendous moral and spiritual influence and thus have a unique and unparalleled potential to be powerful agents of prevention, education and advocacy to bring an end to violence against women. In order to do so, it is necessary to understand the pervasive nature of violence against women and its intricate linkages with other global challenges.

Learn about different types of Violence Against Women