Violence against women and health

Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the World Health Organization and the South African Medical Research Council.

Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain on women and girls which may range from:

  • Injuries like broken bones
  • Depression or impaired social functioning
  • Low birth-weight babies
  • Alcohol use or addiction
  • Unwanted pregnancy and abortion
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Death

For instance, as Kenya was gearing up for the general election, many women and girls were living in fear over their safety because in the past many have witnessed election-related sexual violence.

Most of these rape and defilement cases are not reported in the media or to the authorities by victims for fear of embarrassment, humiliation, victimization and intimidation therefore they continue to suffer in silence.

 Every woman has a right to make a decision about her body, health and future and therefore, the government should support security organs and health workers to prevent this as well as provide health services to the victims.

The whole society also needs to engage in eliminating tolerance for violence against women and better support women who experience it.

Stay safe! Call 1190/21094 to report Gender Based Violence cases