Geneva: One in three women worldwide face physical or sexual violence by an intimate companion or sexual violence from a non-partner in some unspecified time in the future in their lifetime, as per a brand new research from the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to The Hill, the analysis discovered that the variety of women who face physical and sexual violence, roughly 736 million worldwide, has remained “largely unchanged over the previous decade,” in accordance to a Tuesday assertion from the WHO.
The WHO discovered that one in 4 women and younger women aged 15 to 24 who’ve been in a relationship will “have already skilled violence by an intimate companion by the point they attain their mid-twenties.”
“Violence towards women is endemic in each nation and tradition, inflicting hurt to hundreds of thousands of women and their households, and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General in a press release.
“But in contrast to COVID-19, violence towards women can’t be stopped with a vaccine. We can solely battle it with deep-rooted and sustained efforts – by governments, communities and people – to change dangerous attitudes, enhance entry to alternatives and providers for women and women, and foster wholesome and mutually respectful relationships,” he mentioned.
According to the research, violence towards women is extra pervasive in low- and lower-middle-income nations. Approximately 37 per cent of women residing in the poorest nations in the world have confronted violence from an intimate companion throughout their lifetime, with some nations reporting up to one in two women dealing with violence.
According to the WHO, Violence from an intimate companion is “by far essentially the most prevalent type of violence towards women globally.” Six p.c of women in the research reported being sexually assaulted by somebody apart from a companion or husband.
The WHO famous that the figures are “possible to be considerably greater” given the worldwide under-reporting of sexual abuse, in addition to ongoing stigma.