violence against women

VAW, or violence against women, means any act that results in harm and disproportionately affects women – its root cause lies in unequal power relations between men and women in almost all facets of life. Examples include domestic violence, rape and sexual harassment. VAW was officially recognised as a violation of human rights in 1993, through the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The growing use of information and communications technologies has brought to light new dimensions of VAW. However, these technologies can also be used to prevent VAW and provide assistance to VAW survivors.

Style information: The phrase “violence against women” should only be capitalised in a title, but the acronym VAW always takes capital letters.

Source: Take Back the Tech!

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