Stopping Violence Against Women

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 23-24 November 2001


Violence against women is a universal phenomenon, which cuts across lines of income, class and culture and is a clear manifestation of the unequal power relations between women and men. It is also a fundamental barrier to women's equality and a clear violation of women's rights and fundamental freedoms. Some groups of women such as indigenous women, refugee women, migrant women and women living in conflict areas or war zones are especially vulnerable to violence.

Female genital mutilation and other traditional practices which, according to the World Health Organisation are carried out in at least 25 African countries, some Asian countries and the Middle East are a violation of women's rights to personal integrity and physical and mental health and of their sexual and reproductive rights. SIW therefore welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which calls for a ban on the practice of female genital mutilation, considering it inhuman and degrading treatment.

The personal and social costs of violence against women are immense. In addition there are huge social and financial costs to society as a whole for hospitalisation, counselling and loss of income.

Socialist International Women therefore calls on governments to:

  • ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW), where they have not yet done so;
  • developand implement protocols for the early identification and referral of victims of abuse;
  • ensure that police officers responsible for investigating violence against women receive training to sensitise them to the needs of women;
  • revise asylum procedures to sensitively address refugee women who have suffered violence, including rape during times of armed conflicts;
  • extend and improve medical and legal services for victims of violence in both urban and rural areas;
  • provide financial and technical support to NGOs working with battered and sexually abused women;
  • implement treatment and re-education programmes for perpetrators.



Coucil Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 and 29 June 2018

For a World 50-50 in 2030 – The Great Challenges

Socialist International Women denounces brutal attacks on Palestinian demonstrators

17 May 2018

The Socialist International Women strongly denounces the use of lethal fire by Israeli military forces against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza on Sunday 14 May 2018...

Connecting Rural Women – E-Development and Rural Women's Empowerment

16 March 2018

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Side Event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN; the Mongolian People’s Party; Socialist International Women(SIW) and PES Women

Empowering Rural Women: Granting Universal Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

15 March 2018

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women and Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2018

In solidarity and recognition of the immense societal, economic and political achievements of women and girls worldwide Socialist International Women is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018...

Statement on Unilateral Decision by the United States of America to Recognise Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

07 December 2017

The Socialist International Women (SIW) disapproves the decision of President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2017

Socialist International Women affirms its support for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as an opportunity to focus on the continuing suffering and oppression of women and girls worldwide, and the vital roles that governments and individuals have in creating positive change...

Council Meeting

Barcelona, Spain, 21 and 22 November 2017

Democracy in Crisis, Populism on the Rise - Where do Women's Rights fit in?

Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 14 July 2017

Rural Areas, Media and ICT - New Challenges and More Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment

In Memory of Carmen Chacón

13 March 1971 - 09 April 2017

The Socialist International Women was deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of Carmen Chacón on 09 April 2017 at the age of 46 years...

Council Meeting and XXI Congress

25 - 27 February 2017

Gender Inequality in the World Today – Understanding the New Challenges and Ending Gender Inequality by 2030

UN Climate Change Conference 2016

Conference of the Parties (COP22), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Marrakech, Morroco, 07 to 18 November 2016

Parallel event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), the Forum of the African Women Post 2015 and Jossour Forum of the Moroccan Women, Bab Ighli Site, Green Zone, 14 November 2016

Former SI President António Guterres to become next UN Secretary General

06 October 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to congratulate António Guterres on being chosen as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Council Meeting

28 and 29 June 2016

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – Gender Sensitive Budgeting and Climate Change


The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women