The World Health Organization has published its report on violence against women. It was stated in the report that one third of women have been subjected to physical or sexual violence at any time in their lives.
WHO underlined that violence against women increased even more during the quarantine period due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the report of the BBC, where it was reported that women were exposed to violence mostly by their husbands or boyfriends, the report emphasized that more than 640 million women around the world were exposed to violence from an early age during this period.
While the published report was the most comprehensive report on violence against women published to date, it was reported that the data between 2000-2018 were examined.
‘MOST IN SOUTH ASIA AND SAHRA AFRICA’
While it was announced that the regions where violence against women is most intense are South Asia, African countries under the Sahara Desert and Oceania, it was stated that the rate of violence against women is more than 50 percent in these regions.
Stating that the least violence took place in Europe, Central and East Asia, WHO said that the rate of violence in these regions is around 20 percent.
Listing the measures against violence against women, WHO drew attention to the importance of issues such as ensuring gender equality, giving everyone an equal chance in accessing education opportunities and the employment market, and receiving emergency aid services for women on a global scale.
The organization also recommended that boys in schools should be taught about mutual respect in relationships and the need for mutual consent in sexual relations.
‘COMMON IN EVERY COUNTRY, IN EVERY CULTURE’
WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Violence against women is prevalent in every country, every culture. It harms millions of women and their families and has grown even more with the Covid-19 epidemic,” said WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
While the World Health Organization said the actual numbers could be much higher due to the underreporting of sexual violence crimes to the authorities, Claudia Garcia-Morena, one of the authors of the report, said: “These numbers are really shocking and governments should ring alarm bells to prevent this violence.”