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Violence Against Women

Violence against women is one of the most serious violations of human rights around the world. It affects women of all ages, occurs in all cultures and religions and in all socio-economic classes. It takes multiple forms, but domestic and sexual violence are the most prevalent. Around the world, 60 per cent of women experience some form of violence in their lifetime.

The scandalous prevalence of violence against women was first recognized by the international community in 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. They acknowledged the many forms of gender violence perpetrated within families, communities and by the state.

There has been some progress in addressing gender violence since the Declaration, with many governments implementing national legislation, supporting shelters, legal aid and other services for women and girls and programs for perpetrators. However new dimensions of violence against women continue to emerge, including the trafficking and labor exploitation of women and girls.

ICJW and Violence Against Women

ICJW recognizes that violence against women and girls is both a consequence and cause of gender inequity, and that efforts to end violence must be accountable to women and promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

ICJW calls for governments and international bodies to demonstrate their commitment to eradicating violence against women by systematic and sustained action which is backed by dedicated and permanent institutional mechanisms.

ICJW’s affiliates are encouraged to raise awareness about how gender stereotypes, gender discrimination and sexual objectification of women and girls degrade women and contribute to gender violence. Some affiliates work within Jewish communities to provide services and support to women and children and educate rabbis and community leaders about gender violence.

Higher Ground: NCJW (US) Domestic Violence Campaign

UN Women:


ICJW representatives will attend the 57th session of the Comission on the Status of Women, which is scheduled to take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013.  The priority theme is: Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.