Nearly one in five women aged 15 to 49 globally experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse from a former or current partner or spouse in the previous year.
Written by Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
United Nations, June 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The home is one of the most dangerous places for women, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as research showed only four in 10 countries criminalise marital rape.
A dozen countries allow rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, UN Women said in its flagship annual Progress of the World’s Women report.
“We have seen great progress on eliminating discrimination against women in laws, however it is no accident that family laws have been the slowest to change,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, said in its foreword.