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One in four women abused at home

The 21st annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign seeks to reinforce that violence against women is a violation of human rights

The message is clear: Stop gender based violence. Photo by Oda Gilleberg.

The 25 November marks the beginning of the annual Gender Violence Campaign, initiated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. The campaign runs for a total of 16 days and culminates on the International Human Rights Day, 10 December.

Violence against women and girls is widespread in every region and every country, Wales included.

According to Hannah Austin, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Welsh Women’s Aid, “Gender-based violence remains a huge issue in Wales, with 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic abuse and 1 in 3 experiencing sexual violence at some point in their life.

“Trafficking, female genital mutilation, so-called “honour”-based violence, forced marriage, stalking and harassment are also prevalent,” Austin said.

The Welsh Women’s Aid will host an array of events during this year’s campaign.

Say NO – UNiTE Spokesperson Nicole Kidman joins others to say no is no in any language when putting an end to violence against women (Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, UNIFEM, 2009).