RIGHTS: U.N. to Focus on Global Epidemic of Gender Abuse

March 8, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

The statistics relating to the world’s socially and economically-distressed women are staggering.

According to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 8,000 women were raped by warring factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year while over three million young girls are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide.

The U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that out of nearly 1,000 sexual abuse and over 1,500 domestic violence cases reported in Sierra Leone last year, there wasn’t a single conviction.

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