Goal 5: Gender Equality

Samar Abdallah

How Might We

... increase the awareness of women being abused in society?



Woman abuse occurs when a person uses physical violence, threats, emotional abuse and sexual abuse against a woman to control her. Each situation is different. Yet abusers use similar ways to get what they want and to keep power and control over the woman.

There are many agencies and initiatives trying to increase the awareness of woman abuse. If the abuse has happened more than once or twice, it is extremely likely to happen again. The abuse often gets worse over time, increasing in both frequency and severity. It’s common for the abuse to develop into a pattern or cycle of abuse.

Increasing awareness about woman abuse will educate community members about the prevalence of abuse, encourage people to take action to end abuse and alert those women of the options and resources that are available to them.