International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women a global campaign to raise awareness around the abuse of women and children. According to the United Nations it is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Meanwhile in South Africa, seven women and three children are killed every day and a today marks the start of the 16 days campaign of no violence against women and children.

Joining us today is:
• Barbara Kalima-Phiri, Global Senior Advisor, Gender and Inclusion, for World Vision International

• Sanja Bornman is an attorney for the Gender Equality Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights