Violence against women is a worldwide problem. It exists in various communities, regardless of race, nationality, culture, or socioeconomic class.
Violence against women is a reflection of the unequal status of women in relation to men. It is an under-reported crime and a human rights issue. And it's also bad for women's health.
At the World Social Forum (WSF) in Kenya this week, activists stressed the link between violence against women and the spread of HIV. This may explain why more women than men are infected with the virus. More on the violence-HIV connection in this news report.