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International Women’s Day [Thursday 8 March 2018]
Take action against violence against women.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. But, it’s also an opportunity to highlight the issues that affect women and to take action to address these issues.
1. Domestic Violence
In 2016-17, over 42,000 domestic abuse incidents were recorded by Police Scotland in which a woman was abused by a man.
In D&G Police Scotland deals, on average, with 3 to 4 domestic abuse incidents a day, resulting in an arrest almost every day.
In 2015/16, 1,692 rapes and 117 attempted rapes were reported to Police Scotland.
Almost 49% of survivors seeking support from Rape Crisis Centres did not report it to the police.
3. Physical/Sexual Violence
Around the world, 1 in 3 women [1.2m] experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
4. Physical/Sexual Violence during pregnancy
Worldwide, 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
5. Sexual Harassment
Between 83m and 102m women [45% to 55%] in the EU have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15
6. Female Genital Mutilation [FMG]
More than 200m girls and women alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation.
7. Commercial Sexual Exploitation
An estimated 3.8m adults and 1m children [99% women and girls] were victims of commercial sexual exploitation in 2016.
On International Women’s Day support the Dumfries and Galloway White Ribbon Campaign and help stop violence against women and girls.
If we work together, we can do it.