Sunday, May 7, 2006

UNIFEM Study Find “Domestic Abuse Widespread in Syria”

A study, funded by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and conducted by the state-run General Union of Women, reported that as many as 1 in 4 Syrian women may be victims of physical violence.  Women's rights activists claim that the reasons for the high incidence of violence against women in that country can be attributed to an association of shame with divorce, a lack of education on what exactly abuse entails, a shortage of shelters, and weak laws that fail to protect women who face abuse. “The study of nearly 1,900 families found that violence against women was more prevalent in the countryside than in cities, that domestic abuse was more likely to happen in homes facing economic hardship and in homes where men were less educated or where women married at very young ages.”  Source.  Rhonda Roumani, Christian Science Monitor, csmonitor.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 7, 2006, reo).

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