WHO report finds women face most violence by partner

WHO report finds women face most violence by partner

Updated on 28 May, 2019

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News Global estimates published by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Important findings
  • Worldwide as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner. Intimate partner violence is the highest at 37.7% in the WHO South-East Asia region.
  • As per figures released by WHO, the violence ranges from 23.2% in high-income countries and 24.6% in the WHO Western Pacific region to 37% in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region.
Reason for gender-based violence Reasons for male perpetrate violence
  • low education,
  • a history of child maltreatment,
  • exposure to domestic violence against their mothers,
  • harmful use of alcohol,
  • unequal gender norms, including attitudes accepting of violence, and
  • a sense of entitlement over women
Women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence if they have
  • low education,
  • exposure to mothers being abused by a partner,
  • abuse during childhood, and
  • attitudes accepting violence, male privilege and women’s subordinate status.
Impact of violence by partner It has serious short-and long-term impact on women. It adversely affects their children besides leading to high social and economic costs for women, their families and societies Solution
  • Advocacy and empowerment counselling interventions for families
  • An occasional home visit is promising in preventing or reducing intimate partner violence against women.
Source Read More Articles: Important Women Welfare Schemes Global Gender Gap Report 2018 & Women Employment in India

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