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Sexual violence still a reality: One in three women have experienced sexual violence


According to UN statistics, one in three women have suffered physical or sexual violence, most by an intimate partner. Sexual violence is one of the most widespread violations of human rights in the world.

MARÍA DEL CARMEN MUÑOZ
School of Peace and Citizen Coexistence
“Everyone says, 'Yes, of course we recognize women's rights. That's a given. Without women, we can't do much.' However, according to the UN's index on human development, in practice, women are still the most discriminated-against group on the planet.”

Since the year 2000, every Nov. 25 has been dedicated to reflect on this drama.

Three of every four women and young girls are sexually exploited. Women represent 71 percent of the world's human trafficking victims.

Since the 90s, Fr. Aldo Buonaiuto has walked the streets of Rome, helping women who are forced into prostitution.

ALDO BUONAIUTO
Pope John XXIII Community
“I see in them the wounds of Christ crucified. They are also crucified by the indifference of people who think these women have to stay there and let their bodies be used by millions of men.”

According to the UN, in 2017, 50 percent of murdered women died at the hands of an intimate partner or a family member.

MARÍA DEL CARMEN MUÑOZ
School of Peace and Citizen Coexistence
“In recent years 60,000 women in Latin America have died just for being women. The majority of those cases are never investigated.”

These are real contemporary tragedies that call society to reflect on current challenges to human rights.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translation: Claudia Torres