25th November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a date proclaimed by the UN in 1999, which aims to alert society to this scourge and to demand policies for its eradication.
Domestic violence is an increasingly present reality in the lives of many women, since sexual harassment and physical or psychological aggression, there are more and more reports and complaints of abuse by men, mostly this abusive behaviour parts by the partners.
According to UN data, 1 in 3 women say they have suffered from domestic violence and every 10 minutes there is a woman who is murdered by a man who is, or was, her mate.
Systematic violence is a consequence of the problems of gender inequality that still persist in our society, a factor that is most evident in developing countries.
In Angola, the cases with the highest number of complaints are sexual and psychological violence, a situation that has already made the country declare domestic violence as an extremely worrying public health problem.
The numbers are alarming, there are about 6097 complaints a year and 1 in 5 women say they suffer from frequent or sometimes physical violence. Political and mental change is needed to end the violence affecting thousands of women every day around the world.