That is why the BJHRF is launching a global campaign today calling on members of government, parliamentarians, members of religious, academic and financial institutions, the legal profession, the health and business sectors, the fashion and entertainment industries, the art world, individuals and civil society, to effect concrete change for women: to implement the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG Goal 5) and its targets: to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’
The recent US Presidential election confirmed our worst fears: misogyny and contempt for women still pervade our society; sexual assault is endemic and often perpetrated with impunity.
According to the UN 60 million girls are sexually assaulted on their way to school each year. Globally, violence is a greater threat to women aged 15-44 than cancer, traffic accidents, malaria and war combined. In the USA 1,615 women were murdered by men in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available). In the UK at least 127 women are known or suspected to have been killed by men in 2015 – one woman dead every 2.9 days. 100 to 140 million girls all over the world, have been subjected to female genital mutilation.