Stop Violence Against Women


Women, violence and poverty

Women are disproportionately affected by poverty – of the 1.3 billion people living in absolute poverty around the world 70% are women.
Discrimination is a key driver of poverty. Many women suffer multiple discrimination - they are discriminated against and denied their rights because they are a woman and because of their ethnicity, race, religion, marital status or disability.

  • Despite producing 60 to 80 per cent of the food in developing countries, women own only one per cent of the land.
  • Almost two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.
  • Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls.
  • An estimated 14 million girls between 15-19 years old give birth every year.
  • 80 per cent of the world’s refugees are women and children. 

A vicious circle

Poverty, for women, is both a consequence and cause of violence. The violence women face helps keep them poor, and it is women living in poverty who are most exposed to violence. Poverty also makes it harder for women to find avenues of escape from violence.
Women speak out

Despite the difficult circumstances they face, women are not always passive victims – women are working hard to change their realities.

Whether acting as human rights defenders or simply as members of their families and communities, women drive social progress. When women and girls know they have rights, they will claim them despite all the obstacles they may face.

16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. As one of the participating organisations, Amnesty International concentrates on a different focus every year to stop violence against women worldwide.

What you can do


Learn more about our work to end poverty through our Demand Dignity campaign