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Global facts and figures of abuses

Female genital mutilation (female circumcision), breast ironing, corporal punishment in school and in the home, domestic violence.

Female Genital Mutilation

The number of women who have suffered the abuses of genital mutilation is said to amount to almost 200 000 000. Although the roots of female genital mutilation are found in parts of Africa and Asia, over 1 million women who are victims of these brutal practices live in Europe.

Breast Ironing

The so-called breast ironing is a practice where the breasts of a girl are “ironed” with hot objects when she attains puberty and her breasts start to grow. Pestles, spoons, stones and other tools are used within the family by mothers, grandmothers, and aunts to carry out this painful procedure, with long-lasting effects. This “massage” is said to slow down or even stop the growth of the victims’ breasts. Most of the women who practice female genital mutilation on their children believe that they are protecting them from sexual assaults or early sexual contacts with men, which could lead to the girls getting pregnant and dropping out from school. As a matter of fact, through this brutal procedure, they are instead causing physical and psychological damage to their daughters. Breast Ironing massively increases the possibility of the victims developing breast cancer and other infections, including cysts. The physical and emotional trauma from these abuses trouble the women throughout their lives. These mothers, grandmothers, and aunts who iron the breasts of their children believe that they are helping the girls. This painful process is always justified by the argument that it is their tradition. This shows the importance of educational work in the fight to eradicate this inhumane practice. Your support counts.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence almost never happens in public. The political scientist, James Fearon, from Standford and the economist, Anke Höffler from Oxford, enlightened this dark area in their survey of 2014. They both realised that much more people in our society today die from violence amongst each other than from war - the main victim groups being women and children. Domestic violence against women and children is mostly carried out in a large social and cultural context. That is why different forms of sexual violence exist around the globe. These include marital rapes and forceful marriages of under-aged-girls. Women equally become victims of abuses during armed conflicts. In war, it is common to use rape as a means of humiliating the enemy as well as spreading fear and wreaking havoc in the society. Domestic violence is the most common form of violence against women worldwide. It is mostly practiced by one’s own partner. Women are often physically abused in different ways (including rapes) in their close domestic environment, in their private homes. According to the World Trade Organisation. Most female murder cases are usually related to personal relationships with motives of violence that take place in their close environments.

Corporal punishment in schools and in the home

Millions of children around the world suffer the consequences of violent parenting. According to the United Nations, 15% of children worldwide – 290 million in number - are victims of massive corporal punishment. They are beaten on parts of their body like face, head, hands, butt, and back. These torturers often inflict the beatings using their bare hands and or objects like canes, belts, slippers, hair brush, spoons, rods, ropes or paddles for beating. Violence is often part of our everyday life; many people already start experiencing violence even as babies. An alarming factor is that corporal punishment is still being used worldwide as a disciplinary measure in most schools.

Violence in the name of Tradition

Different types of violence against women are passed down from generation to generation. They represent traditions that have become part of their collective cultures. An example of these hardened cultural patterns of pursuit and discrimination is the burning of witches. Cases of crash accidents, sudden deaths or prolonged illnesses in most communities are usually referred to either a magician or a prophet who discloses the perpetrator. These perpetrators are mostly elderly single women. Moreover, kids that are said to be witches are often hunted and brutally tortured, or even murdered. Your support counts!
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