WHO: About 1/3 of women in the world have experienced violence

“The level of violence against women is shocking!” Deutsche News Agency reported on the 10th that the latest report published by the World Health Organization at its Geneva headquarters on the 9th showed that about 1/3 of women in the world have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. , Most of the perpetrators are the intimate partners of the victim. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation worse.

This report summarizes information and data on violence against women provided by 194 WHO member states. According to the report, 736 million women over the age of 15 have become victims of violence worldwide. The vast majority of women (641 million) have suffered violence in their marriage or partnership, and approximately 6% of women have been beaten by men who are not related to them. In addition, a quarter of women under the age of 24 in the world have experienced violence in love.

“The situation of women in poorer countries is even worse.” The report points out that the incidence of intimate partner violence is highest among women aged 15-49 in Oceania, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, reaching 33% to 51%. Europe (16%-23%), Central Asia (18%), East Asia (20%) and Southeast Asia (21%) have lower rates. Pumzile Mlambo-Ngkuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said at a press conference that it is deeply disturbing that this widespread male-to-female violence has not changed for many years. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in violence against women because women and offenders are trapped in the same family.”

The report also pointed out that various forms of violence will have an impact on women’s health and well-being. In addition to physical harm, women are also more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, sexually transmitted diseases, etc., and accidental pregnancy. This will also have an impact on the entire society and bring about huge negative effects.

“The results are shocking.” WHO Director-General Tan Desai said that violence against women is common in all countries and cultures. Unlike the new crown epidemic, the problem of violence against women cannot be prevented by vaccines. He said, “We can only rely on the unswerving and sustained efforts of the government, communities and individuals to fight against it, change harmful attitudes, enable women and children to enjoy more opportunities and services, and cultivate healthy and respectful relationships.” .