Elimination of Violence against Women 2021

Women's rights activists have observed November 25th as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). November 25th also marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. This annual campaign is used by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Despite the adoption of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by the UN General Assembly in 1979, violence against women and girls remains a pervasive problem worldwide. To date, only two out of three countries have outlawed domestic violence, while 37 countries worldwide still exempt rape perpetrators from prosecution if they are married to or eventually marry the victim and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence.

To mark this event, Elsevier presents a curated, freely available collection of journal articles and book chapters to highlight the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.

Elsevier, The Lancet Global Health, Volume 9, June 2021
Background: Half of the world's missing female births occur in India, due to sex-selective abortion. It is unknown whether selective abortion of female fetuses has changed in recent years across different birth orders. We sought to document the trends in missing female births, particularly among second and third children, at national and state levels.
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Heliyon, Volume 7, March 2021

The crisis provoked by COVID-19 has rapidly and profoundly affected Latin America. This article focuses on the structural factors that consign women to a reality in which they permanently face discrimination and violence.
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The Lancet, Volume 397, 6 February 2021

This paper supports SDGs 3, 5, and 16 by evaluating the direct and indirect health effects of armed conflicts on women and children worldwide. The authors summarise the available evidence showing how armed conflicts increase the risk of malnutrition, physical injuries, infectious diseases, poor mental health, and poor sexual and reproductive health; key knowledge gaps and research priorities to mitigate some of the harms associated with armed conflicts are also addressed.
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Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 17, December 2020

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of sexual violence on female sexual dysfunction and sexual distress.
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Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 17, November 2020

The present findings indicate the need for clinicians to identify PTSD symptoms and to conjoin distinctive treatment approaches to relieve survivors’ PTSD symptoms, as well as their sexual dysfunction and distress.
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International Encyclopedia of Public Health (Second Edition), 2017, Pages 337-343

This article advances SDGs 3, 5, and 16 by providing a broad overview of global violence aginst women and highlighting the difference health professionals can make for women who experience violence in its multiple forms.
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International Encyclopedia of Public Health (Second Edition), 2017, Pages 491-498

This article advances SDGs 3, 5, and 16 by demonstrating how gender power inequalities are at the root of sexual violence against women and outlining ways to prevent sexual violence and mitigate the mental and physical health impacts of rape.
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Police Psychology, New Trends in Forensic Psychological Science, 2022, Pages 205-241

This chapter supports SDGS 3, 5 and 16 by explaining the role of psychological science and research in the training and development of law enforcement, in order to improve responses to cases of intimate partner violence (IPV).
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Preventing Domestic Homicides, Lessons Learned from Tragedies, 2020, Pages 39-61

This chapter supports SDGs 3, 5 and 16 by examining domestic homicides in rural communities, providing insights into their prevalence, risk factors, case studies, and prevention.
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Preventing Domestic Homicides, Lessons Learned from Tragedies, 2020, Pages 209-231

This chapter supports SDGs 3, 5 and 16 by analyzing violence and homicide in a workplace setting, reviewing impact and case studies, and offering recommendations and potential approaches to prevention.

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