Diagnóstico - A violência doméstica, segundo as Nações Unidas

Violência doméstica

A violência doméstica, segundo as Nações Unidas

"Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace."

Kofi Annan,
United Nations Secretary-General


Violence against women takes various forms. It includes: domestic violence, rape, trafficking in women and girls, forced prostitution, and violence in armed conflict, such as murder, systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy. It also includes honour killings, dowry-related violence, female infanticide and prenatal sex selection in favour of male babies, female genital mutilation, and other harmful practices and traditions.

The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, testifies to the international recognition and understanding that violence against women is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women.

The Platform for Action, adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, identified violence against women as one of the 12 critical areas of concern requiring special attention of governments, the international community and civil society.

“Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action: Report of the Secretary-General".
May 2000


Definição de Violência Contra as Mulheres:

"Qualquer acto, omissão ou conduta que serve para infligir sofrimentos físicos, sexuais ou mentais, directa ou indirectamente, por meio de enganos, ameaças, coacção ou qualquer outro meio, a qualquer mulher, e tendo por objectivo e como efeito intimidá-la, puni-la ou humilhá-la, ou mantê-la nos papéis estereotipados ligados ao seu sexo, ou recusar-lhe a dignidade humana, a autonomia sexual, a integridade física, mental e moral, ou abalar a sua segurança pessoal, o seu amor próprio ou a sua personalidade, ou diminuir as suas capacidades físicas ou intelectuais."

Conselho da Europa

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