More specifically, the study found that 25% of young women aged 15-24 will experience violence by an intimate partner by the time they are in their mid-twenties.
The pandemic is likely worsening these statistics
The research in this study was conducted between 2000 and 2018, therefore does not reflect the new realities that many women are facing amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home measures.
WHO and its affiliates acknowledge that the pandemic has likely "further increased women’s exposure to violence, as a result of measures such as lockdowns and disruptions to vital support services."
“It’s deeply disturbing that this pervasive violence by men against women not only persists unchanged, but is at its worst for young women aged 15-24 who may also be young mothers. And that was the situation before the pandemic stay-at home orders. We know that the multiple impacts of COVID-19 have triggered a 'shadow pandemic' of increased reported violence of all kinds against women and girls,” says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.
“Every government should be taking strong, proactive steps to address this, and involving women in doing so.”
Largest study ever conducted on the prevalence of violence against women
A major impact is played by the inequities that women face
Women living in lower-income countries are more likely to experience violence, the study claims.
The findings indicate that 37% of women who live in the world's "poorest countries have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their life." In some places, this statistic is as high as 50%.
The regions in which women aged 15-49 experience the highest rates of "intimate partner violence" are Oceania, Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which occur at a rate of 33-51%.
Europe experiences the lowest rate of 16-23%, followed by Central Asia at 18%, Eastern Asia at 20% and South-Eastern Asia at 21%.
According to the study, young women are at particular risk of experiencing violence. 16% of women aged 15-24 were found to have had experienced violence in their relationship "in the past 12 months."
"Violence against women must be prevented."
"Violence – in all its forms – can have an impact on a woman’s health and well-being throughout the rest of her life – even long after the violence may have ended. It is associated with increased risk of injuries, depression, anxiety disorders, unplanned pregnancies, sexually-transmitted infections including HIV and many other health problems.
"It has impacts on society as a whole and comes with tremendous costs, impacting national budgets and overall development," says the study.
The team states that addressing violence against women requires a deeper analysis of the inequalities faced by women, institutionalized sexism and lack of resources for women, among others.
Suggestions going forward include governments conducting policy reformation, interventions in schools and education systems and providing healthcare systems with the tools and resources needed to help survivors of violence.
"Today, it is important to recognize the systemic racism against First Nations and Inuit within the health and social services network in order to put in place structuring actions to promote a more egalitarian and fairer relationship between these communities and nurses," said a statement by Luc Mathieu, president of the OIIQ.
The organization said that, after Echaquan's death, it made a "firm commitment" to prevent similar acts of racism by health care providers, as well as to rebuild trust with Indigenous communities to ensure they get the safe medical care they are entitled to.
In order to strengthen nurses' knowledge on Indigenous relations in health care, the OIIQ said it tasked its education committee with evaluating nurses' initial training in intercultural relations and cultural safety for First Nations and Inuit patients.
The organization also said it is taking necessary steps to implement continuing education activities for nurses on the same topics.
All women enrolled in a full-time university program in computer science, computer engineering and construction, and electrical, electronic and communications engineering will be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years — by the end of their studies, this would total $12,000.
Courtesy of BLUSH: Lesbian Party MTL Courtesy of BLUSH: Lesbian Party MTL
Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.
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