In 1993, the UN declared the elimination of violence against women to be one of its top priories and created a series of actions to end the assault. More than twenty years later, 1 in 3 women still experience some kind of physical or sexual violence. That number grows even larger when looked at on a national level where near 70 percent of all women have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse from an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Couple these numbers with estimates that 43 percent of all women in the 28 European Union Member States (where such data exists) have suffered some form of psychological violence by an intimate partner, it's clear that women are at risk and the people doing the battering are those closest to them--their spouses and intimate partners.
It is estimated that around 120 million girls worldwide (that's more than 1 in 10) have been forced to have sex, almost always by former husbands, partners, or boyfriends.
The statistics go on, with numbers much lower than what reality would suggest are accurate because so many women are afraid to report acts of violence against them or are not even sure that the acts are re-portable. If daily life consists of constant abuse, isn't that normal?
Though at least 119 countries have passed laws against domestic violence, it continues to plague the world.
Women with greater privilege, those of us with greater economic freedom, more mobility, with kind partners and educations must find a way to help our sisters. Women are being abused all around us. They may even be next door.
How can we unite to help? The National Organization for Women (NOW) is only one group fighting to end violence against women. Join, get involved, and let's be sure that this doesn't continue to happen to our daughters in another 20 years.
Join NOW here.