First Man Standing

Violence against women is a global phenomenon



Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria combined.(World Bank data)

It is estimated that 2 million female foetuses are aborted each year in India, for no other reason than they happen to be female. (UN study, 2007)

71% of 16 to 18-year-olds in Britain hear sexist name-calling used towards girls at school on a daily basis or a few times a week. (YouGov End VAW study, 2010)

Every 3 seconds a girl under the age of 18 is married somewhere across the world – usually without her consent and sometimes to a much older man. (Plan UK)

Up to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting; that equates to more than twice the entire population of the UK. (UN briefing paper, VAW)

The annual worldwide number of so-called ‘honour killing’ victims may be as high as 5,000 women. (UN briefing paper, VAW)

Approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year, yet only about 15% of incidents are reported to the police. (Ministry of Justice Report, 2013)

Women write only 22% of front page articles. 84% of front page articles are about a male subject. (Women in Journalism study, 2012)

It is estimated that between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude. Women and girls account for about 80% of the detected victims. (UN briefing paper, VAW)