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According to the United Nations, sexual violence is rampant in developing and emerging countries where poverty levels are at an all-time high and where social and economic inequity and inequality are widespread. In fact, in a World Health Organization report, 2002 alone saw nearly 150 million girls suffer the nightmare of sexual violence.

The way I see it, sexual violence is partly a product of a culture that sees women as the weaker sex. This kind of mentality is lethal considering that it legitimizes the act in the minds of some people—both men and women—and it perpetrates this kind of monstrosity.

There is a great reason for governments and not just NGOs to act swiftly in trying to mitigate sexual violence especially in developing and emerging countries: Sexual violence, specifically forced sex among girls has also been found to be one of the primary causes of the spread of HIV, which can be considered a slow and tormenting death among people who still have a potential to live and give life.

This ought to be reason enough for treatments and prevention programs on HIV to cross over to promoting a greater understanding in gender equality and peace among developing nations, considering that this greatly involves a change in attitudes and mindsets.

More than that, sexual violence, according to the UN, often results in lost childhoods, abandoned education, and emotional instability among girls and women. Roughly this would translate into the victims losing their will and their motivation to live or even to strive hard for a better life.

For women in developing countries to experience this kind of plight is alarming, because in order for developing countries to finally develop and grow out of their emerging state, they need to harness the full potentials and capacities of their citizens—men and women alike.

Sexual violence does not only destroy a woman’s future. It destroys her country’s future.


Hey Christine, I totally agree that many travel far and wide but don't really explore the regions around them. I have noticed this in South Asia too, and wonder if it's also a question of infrastructure? Often, the roads are not great and there are no trains connecting the neighboring countries, borders are fiercely controlled, etc. etc. I think we should be investing a lot more in encouraging travel between borders within our regions.

Submitted by Puneet Gupta on
I agree! I lived in Kenya for a number of years and from my knowledge, I remember the people who visited Tanzania/Uganda went predominantly for work purposes. This could be for a couple of reasons, - The cultures in our regions do not appear to be differentiated enough, even though they usually are quite unique. (Perhaps trade of arts/crafts in foreign but neighboring countries will assist in countering this) - Culture of the wealthier population is driven to explore countries in other continents due again to the significant differences to foreign living styles compared to back home. As of Indian origin, I have found that in sub-continent asia, political history and a simple lack of willingness to 'travel to learn' are some reasons for the lack of regional learning. Instead, they usually travel to meet relatives/re-settle elsewhere which is increasing significantly.

Submitted by Vishwas on
I believe education the key to making the world a safe place for the women of the world.I would also like to add that true religious practices can also help curb the menace of violence on women.