Violence against Women – Factsheet

Violence against women is no longer regarded as a private matter, but as a serious violation of human rights. This is the result of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development as well as the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. Moreover,a 1994 mandate established a Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.The United Nations defines violence against women in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (United Nations 1993).

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