Rates of Violence Against Women Remain High Worldwide

November 25, 2014|10:11 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rates of violence against women remain unacceptably high around the world, according to a new series "Violence Against Women and Girls," published by The Lancet. The report indicates that although there is increased awareness about violence against women, violence remains a problem and can only be solved if countries make significant policy and financial changes to support victims. Millions of women and girls globally experience violence every day and one in three women worldwide has been a victim of either sexual or physical violence by a partner.

Abuse can take place in many forms, including physical and sexual intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriage, sex trafficking, and rape. According to the World Health Organization, between 100 million and 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation.

The Lancet's five-part series covers the evidence base for interventions, discusses the health sector's vital role in care and prevention, shows the need for men and women to be involved in effective programs, provides practical lessons from experience in other countries, and presents a call for action with five key recommendations and indicators to track progress.

Read more in this news story from Time.