Millions of women and girls alike suffer from violence each year. In fact, up to 70% of females will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime. This violence comes in many forms; whether physical, sexual, psychological or economic, violence affects women on a global scale. The violence problem is international and affects women from all cultures, regions, countries and ages—but there is still hope.
The Big Picture
Although violence is a worldwide issue, it is often overlooked. In reality, females between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to be the victims of rape and domestic violence than cancer or car accidents. Violence can have many forms and can ultimately lead to other issues in a woman’s life. Below is a broader look at violence and the different forms it can take:
- Women most commonly experience violence at the hands of their own intimate partners.
- Sexual violence makes women more susceptible to unwanted sex and often results in pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
- Violence involving female genital mutilation has affected more than 130 million females worldwide.
- Violence during pregnancy can have lasting effects on both mother and child.
Join PLM & the United Nations to End Violence
At PLM Attorneys, we realize that violence against women is a worldwide issue. This is why we are helping to end violence against women and girls. PLM Attorneys have joined the United Nations Secretary General’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Want to help too? You can! Everyone, everywhere can help end violence against women and girls. Here are some things you can do right now:
Establish Legislation: You can work with your government officials at both the local and national levels to help end violence in your area.
Find Real-life Stories: Find real-life stories of women in your area who have been affected by violence. Compile a video recording of the stories and send it to your local government.
Organize a Seminar: Organize an event such as a seminar to shed light on the prevalence of violence against women and girls in your community and worldwide.
These are just a few ways you can help spread awareness in your community, but you can always support the United Nations trust fund via their official website and learn all of the other ways you can work to end violence against women and girls. At PLM Attorneys, we want to put an end to violence and will continue to work hard to do so. We hope you join us too.