Special Report (KICD Series): Combating Gender-Based Violence
“We must UNiTE. Violence against women [and girls] must not be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance by any political leader or by any government. There can be NO exception, NO excuse, and NO delay.”
-UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon
Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a serious infraction against the rights of women and girls. It is an evil act which breeds conflict and destroys peace in the home and in society. Violence impedes the ability of women and girls to reach their potentials in life and ultimately limit their life chances and optimal development.Rigidly held age-old beliefs and gender biases, have negatively impacted on the family institution and its socialization process. Violence against women has proved to be the most pervasive yet least recognized human rights violation in the world. Violence between intimate partners and especially sexual abuse are the most common forms of violence against women and young girls today.
VAWG knows no boundaries, as it affects all categories of women and girls, rich and poor, old and young, literate and illiterate. It is a negation of the principles of equity, equality and justice. Much of the violence perpetrated against women and girls are by people they know, love and trust – boyfriends, husbands, other relatives, friends, neighbors, school mates, and colleagues in work places.
In some countries, there is no specific law to repress domestic violence, and hence ultra-judicial settlement “on friendly terms” of rape cases, which even results into marriage between the rape perpetrator and the victim. Yet, in every country, there are security agencies whose main role is to take care of human security: man, woman and children anywhere and under any circumstances. The security bodies exist to “defend the rights and ensuring the security of the women and girls”. They have a duty to protect women against violence in their public as well as private life. And yet it has become obvious that the various actions to be undertaken in order to eliminate violence against women and girls often neglect the invaluable role of security bodies in preventing and fighting against impunity as regards these kinds of crimes.