Sylvane Ntigacika is a 42-year-old smallholder farmer in Colline Mwanda, Commune Bubanza. ©David Paqui
25 November 2016 – 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 day begins a 16-day period of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which culminates with International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
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 per cent of women have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives—a figure that, in some countries, is as high as 70 per cent.
Even women in positions of power continue to be subjected to violence. A new study of...