Stop all violence and discrimination against women worldwide. To learn more visit: http://www.amnestyusa.org/women

Violence against women is a human rights scandal. At least one out of every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

In Europe, domestic violence is the major cause of death and disability for women aged 16 to 44. In the U.S., a woman is raped every 6 minutes; a woman is battered every 15 seconds. Rape of women is also widespread in armed conflicts such as Colombia and Darfur. Trafficking of women has become a global phenomenon where victims are sexually exploited, forced into labor and subjected to abuse. Murders of women in Guatemala, Russia, India, and other countries often go uninvestigated and unpunished.

The experience or threat of violence affects the lives of women everywhere, cutting across boundaries of wealth, race and culture. In the home and in the community, in times of war and peace, women are beaten, raped, mutilated, and killed with impunity.

Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign works to create a world where women and girls are afforded their basic human rights.

Find out more about the campaign to stop violence against women:


1. End violence aganist women

2. Stop Human Trafficking

3. Protect women in Darfur

4. Stop sexual assaults against Native American

5. Ratify the International Violence Against Women Act