Commission on Violence against Women
Rita Marque Mbatha
Tunica Miranda Ruzario
Anne Pelagie Yotchou Tzudjom
Violence against women is the most devastating symbol of patriarchy; that is why we would like to use the term “gender based violence”. Globally, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, mostly within the domestic sphere. If we add on psychological violence to the statistics, the number is much much higher. Gender-based violence is a violation of basic human rights, and the physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls are by all means atrocious. Death is of course the most catastrophical consequence of this very wide spread problem: Gender based violence is of endemic measures in every country.
We, the IAW, recognize gender based violence in all its forms: physical, psychological, verbal, material, economical, sexualized, digital and honour violence. The Commission on Violence against Women promote programs of action and other measures to prevent and eliminate gender based violence in all its forms. We do so at national, regional and international levels. We enact and/or reinforce legislation and monitor its implementation.