Each year, to raise public awareness of gender-based violence across the world, the United Nations recognizes 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The UN defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats.” Worldwide, 35 percent of women have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives – but in some countries, that figure is as high as 70 percent.
These statistics reflect a stark reality that not only grossly hinders the rights of half the world’s population, but also impedes the global fight against poverty and hunger. Evidence from the field confirms that gender-based violence negatively affects people’s job skills, knowledge, health and ability to work; networks and relationships of trust; assets, including land, properties and resources; and available incomes.
Women need protection in all countries and cultures. Here is our interview with Bushra Hirkali. Bushra is from Turkey, she lives in Sliven and works in Erasmus + exchange program. In our interview, we are talking about Woman problems in Turkey, violence against women, and solutions to that problem.
Illustration Credit : UN Women
Tamar Chkhikvadze, Oleg Horb