603 million women still live in countries where violence against women and girls is not considered as a crime. Raffaele K. Salinari, President of the Terre des Hommes International Federation, calls upon to put an end to this situation.

Terre des Hommes, which is committed for 50 years in the protection of children worldwide, made an oral statement at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to present the research “€œViolence against young women, a violation of human rights”€ prepared for TDH by the law firm Paul Hastings. This report shows the need to have a harmonization of international laws for the prevention, control and criminalization of all forms of violence against women and girls.

An abstract of this study is available here.

The map of violence against women and girls continue to widen. And girls are silent and invisible victims of violence, abuse and trafficking.

WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that 150 million girls in the world have experienced sexual abuses, 10 million girls are forced to marry before the age of majority, and 16 million minors are giving birth and therefore are taking the risk to face several health issues. All these girls do not have the opportunity to go to school and will often be marginalized in terms of social and economic development.

In Italy, violence against women and girls takes many forms and data collected from Terre des Hommes, in the framework of the Campaign “€œIndifesa”€ in 2012, show that there has been an increase of sex offenders who take girls as victims.

Therefore, it is urgent to invest in girls and women”€™s protection in every country, through education, prevention and laws enforcement. To improve the situation, Terre des Hommes works on many projects dealing with various issues, including forced marriage in Bangladesh, minor mothers in Ivory Coast and girl”€™s infanticides in South India.

Link to the Indifesa Campaign (in Italian): www.indifesa.org

Contact : Raffaele K. Salinari : +39 329 2253773