Violence before and during pregnancy has serious health consequences for both mother and child.It leads to high-risk pregnancies and pregnancy-related problems, including miscarriage, pre-term labour and low birth weight.East Asian women endorsed almost all sexual beliefs assessed in this study more than did Euro-Canadian women, and endorsement of these beliefs was associated with acculturation.
Women’s inability to negotiate safe sex and refuse unwanted sex is closely linked to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Unwanted sex results in a higher risk of abrasion and bleeding and easier transmission of the virus.
Dowry murder is a brutal practice where a woman is killed by her husband or in-laws because her family cannot meet their demands for dowry — a payment made to a woman’s in-laws upon her marriage as a gift to her new family.
While dowries or similar payments are prevalent worldwide, dowry murder occurs predominantly in South Asia.
Countries have made some progress and initiatives developed to address and prevent violence against women and girls have increased throughout the world in recent years. Fast Facts The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner, with women beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.
Studies have found that rates of women suffering physical violence perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner range from 6 per cent in China and 7 per cent in Canada to over 48 per cent in Zambia, Ethiopia and Peru.Young women are particularly vulnerable to coerced sex and are increasingly being infected with HIV/AIDS.Over half of new HIV infections worldwide are occurring among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and more than 60 per cent of HIV-positive youth in this age bracket are female.Sexual violence in conflict is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls.It is frequently a conscious strategy employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies.The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) requires that countries party to the Convention take all appropriate steps to end violence.