DEBATE. Think of four women you know. One of them has, statistically, been the victim of violence by a man she knows. Violence against women goes on all the time, everywhere. Tomorrow at this time will likely further 100 rapes have been committed in Sweden, according to the national Crime prevention council estimates.
Last autumn's #MeToo-motion opened up and let us hear some of the stories of sexual violence and harassment against women in Sweden, and in the world. It was no longer just numbers and statistics, without faces, stories and voices. These voices have been crucial for us to be reminded of the widespread public health problems such as violence against women. But it is a problem that can be rectified, if we do it together.
In Sweden, one of the world's most gender-equal countries, were notified almost 22 000 sexual offences last year
Violence against women is a global pandemic. 35 per cent of the world's women have experienced violence, some 750 million women have been given in marriage as children and 200 million women and girls have undergone fgm, most before the age of five.
Violence against women is a serious violation of human rights and affects women regardless of religious or ethnic affiliation, social status or geographical location.
In Sweden, one of the world's most gender-equal countries, were notified almost 22 000 sexual offences last year. Of the rapes reported were 92 percent of the affected women and girls. One of four women in Sweden are exposed to violence by a man she knows.
In Sweden, the calculated violence against women cost at least 13 billion dollars a year
Violence against women is a major socio-economic problems. In Sweden, calculated violence against women cost at least 13 billion dollars a year. It includes the direct costs of healthcare, justice, and social services, but also indirect costs such as lost earnings due to sick leave and reduced productivity.
Globally, the calculated violence against women cost two per cent of the world's GDP, or as much as the whole of Canada's economy.
Today, 25 november, is the UN international day for the elimination of violence against women. The day is to draw attention to the serious matter but, above all, to urge to action. A day for the people of all society's rooms to pay attention and take a stand against violence against women.
the Violence does not occur in a vacuum but is influenced by attitudes, jargong and performances
most of The expose never any woman or girl for the violence, but it does not mean that the issue does not concern all of us. On the contrary! Together can, and we must change the structures that make it possible that violence against women continues. Violence does not occur in a vacuum but is influenced by attitudes, jargong and beliefs about masculinities, gender roles and sexuality.
Because the absolute majority of violence against women carried out by men is an important part of the efforts to stop the violence that highlight the norms and values about violence and masculinity, and to change these fundamentally.
we are members of the society who together have shaped the way society looks today, and it is also we together can change it.
Monica Branch , president, UN Women national committee Sweden
Petra Engberg , head of division, UN Women national committee Sweden