Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Violence against women and MDGs

Fact 6: Violence against women is an obstacle to achieving several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The 2010 MDG review showed that progress in achieving MDG 4 on child mortality and MDG 5 on maternal mortality is very slow. Both are held back by violence against women. It is estimated that one in four women worldwide is physically or sexually abused during pregnancy, usually by her partner. Violence against pregnant women is associated with a risk of miscarriage, premature labour and fetal distress, and may be related to low birth weight. Violence against women is also a cause of maternal death. Efforts to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality should include measures to reduce intimate partner and sexual violence against women.