The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that one in three women worldwide has been the victim of sexual or physical violence at some point in her life.
The report called on the governments of various countries to further improve the quality of service for women victims of violence and abuse, and to eliminate economic inequality between men and women.
According to the WHO, about 31 percent of women aged 15-49, or more than 852 million women, have experienced physical or sexual abuse. This information was obtained by conducting a survey between 2000 and 2016.
Officials at the United Nations Health Organization say boys should be taught in schools about the need for mutual respect in relationships and the need for mutual consent in sexual matters.
“Violence against women is a regular feature in every country of the world and in all cultures,” said Tedros Adhanam Gebreiusus, WHO’s director general. This is affecting millions of women and their families. He said the figure had risen further during the epidemic.
The report further states that in most cases, women are most likely to be abused by their husbands or their partners. The picture is even more depressing in poor countries.
However, the WHO estimates that the actual number of oppressed women is much higher than the number surveyed since many cases of sexual harassment remain unknown. According to the survey, one in four women is exposed to harassment by her acquaintances.
Moreover, the WHO claims that violence against women is more prevalent in Kiribati, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan. The lowest rates of violence are in European countries with about 23 percent relevancy.
Heidi Stokel, director of the Gender Violence and Health Center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was involved in the study. According to her, violence against women has not changed in the last decade. Unfortunately, social violence against women is similar. Women are facing economic and social inequality. Therefore, she believes that systematic change is needed globally.