Why campaign against gender based violence?

Mothers’ Union takes part in this international campaign


At least one in three women globally will experience some form of gender violence at some point in their lifetime (World Health Organisation). In 2012, one in two women killed in a homicide, and one in twenty men were killed by a partner, former partner or family member (UN Women).

Mothers’ Union practically meets the needs of those affected by gender-based violence in many ways. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mothers’ Union members work closely with survivors, particularly those affected by sexual violence as a result of conflict, by providing emotional support, meeting basic needs such as housing, and equipping them with skills to become economically empowered. In the UK, members work closely with local domestic violence refuges, providing essentials such as toiletries, food and clothing for women and children who have had to flee their home due to violence.

 The WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women indicated that intimate partner violence is widespread across many societies. The study showed that rates of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner ranged from 15% in Japan, to 70% in Ethiopia and Peru, with most sites reporting rates of between 29 and 62%.

The 16days of activiasm against gender-based violence runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

More detailed information on the wider campaign from:



This item is an edtied version of a Derby Diocese article