VOW seeks to expose the devastating reality of millions of women and girls living worldwide who live in fear and under oppression.
By educating the public and advocating that laws be implemented and enforced, VOW hopes to protect women and girls from atrocities committed because of cultural, religious, social or political norms. Many countries legally and culturally institutionalize abuse and violence of women and girls, including forced abortion, slavery, torture, and murder.
Worldwide violence against women and girls includes Acid Attacks, Domestic Violence, FGM, Forced Marriage, Honor Violence, Sexual Violence and Rape, and a range of human and civil rights abuses that cross over these crimes.
A violent assault where acid or another corrosive substance is thrown on another human being’s body with the intention to torture and disfigure.
A systemic pattern of violence primarily affecting women and children, controlling victims through abuse, fear, and manipulation; more than half of abused women are murdered.
A gender-based crime affecting more than 200 million women and girls whose genitalia were mutilated/cut according to 1 of 4 types of FGM.
When one or both parties are married without their consent; involves child brides (mostly girls married to adult men), sex-trafficked women/girls married against their will, and two adults marrying despite one’s refusal.
The physical, mental and psychological abuse or murder of a woman or girl by a relative when she is perceived to cause her family dishonor.
Exploitation of people as property. Otherwise called modern-day slavery, it is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Mostly women and girls are kidnapped, recruited, transported, transferred, harbored, received, bought and sold using force and violence for profit.
Primarily a gender-based crime committed against women and girls who are forced to submit to sexual acts, including penetration.
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