It is true that rates of violence against women vary significantly across and even within countries. However, as the #MeToo campaign has highlighted, sexual harassment and sexual assault are something that women in every corner of the globe experience on a regular basis.
Founder and Director of The Equality Institute
Emma Fulu has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and is a freelance researcher and writer. She is the founder the Equality Institute in Australia which works to advance all forms of equality through scientific research, innovation and creative communications. For nearly 15 years she has worked on the prevention of violence against women and girls with the United Nations, the South African Medical Research Council, and a number of other organizations globally. As the mother of three young children, she also writes about her messy adventures of trying to be a mindful mother, an active feminist, and pursue creative side projects in her blog - I Am Not Superwoman
<img alt="all women everywhere" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5135874/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> The theme for International Women's Day 2017 was <em>Be Bold for Change</em>. An important part of that change is having more women of colour in leadership positions around the world. However, while being individually 'bold' is important, it is never going to be enough.
10/03/2017 07:50 GMT
I believe in the profound strength and wisdom of the women and girls, men and boys around the world who are leading this charge. They work tirelessly to challenge the harmful norms and beliefs that drive violence; to respond with compassion and care to survivors; and hold perpetrators to account.
25/11/2016 13:15 GMT
It is time to move beyond outrage and take real action. Governments need to address the political, social, and economic structures that subordinate women, and implement national plans and make budget commitments to invest in actions by multiple sectors to prevent and respond to abuse. Only then do we have a chance of ending violence against women and creating cultures of equality and respect.
13/06/2016 15:17 BST
Every day for 100 days I shared a photograph (or video) through social media with the hashtag #ilovelife. A photograph that captured an experience, a moment, a thing, an event, that brought me joy or love or wisdom or peace.
28/03/2016 20:34 BST
I pledge to continue my work to end violence against women and to raise my children, particularly my boys, to see vulnerability as a strength. I pledge, with my husband, to model a family where men are valued for their equal role in unpaid care work and where women equally able to be the breadwinner, if they so chose. What will you do?
08/03/2016 10:45 GMT
I have an obsession with beautiful things. Beautiful furnishings, beautiful food, beautiful dresses, beautiful music, beautiful photographs and definitely beautiful shoes.
25/02/2016 11:02 GMT
I used to be reasonably fit. I am vegetarian, have practised yoga for over a decade and have always been naturally slim. When I had my first child my body stretched and strained but within six months of a natural birth I returned to a slightly heavier, slightly hippier, saggier-boobed version of myself. But not that dissimilar.
01/02/2016 10:33 GMT
It was my birthday last Thursday. Having a birthday on New Year's Eve has its pros and cons. There is always a party on, but rarely is anyone available for a birthday celebration, and all the restaurants are inevitably booked out.
06/01/2016 14:46 GMT
Its easy to be a little skeptical but hard not to be inspired by the ambition and potential of these unprecedented goals. Personally I think this represents a great leap forward and makes me hopeful about what we can achieve collectively in the next fifteen years. Remember, these are your Goals. Every single one of you.
01/10/2015 12:20 BST
People always ask me how I can work on violence against women? "Isn't is depressing?" they say. On my way to South Africa last week for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum - the largest international conference on violence against women and girls in the Global South - the flight attendant said to me, "Don't you find it overwhelming?" For me, I wonder how I could not work on this issue.
23/09/2015 17:01 BST
My Husband, the One That Does All the Messy, Repetitive, Exhaustingly Relentless Work That is Childcare
While some men are taking more responsibility for care giving, women all over the world still spend between one and three more hours a day on housework than men and two to 10 times as much time on caring for a child or older person.
16/06/2015 08:24 BST
Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele
10/12/2014 14:17 GMT
andhi said that, "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." And in our daily lives, be it at home, at work or at play, we can all make an effort to live in more positive and peaceful ways. That will contribute to a future free from violence.
24/11/2014 16:24 GMT
Is Engaging Men and Boys the Magic Bullet for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls or a Step Backwards?
I say ending violence against women and girls requires all of us - men and boys, women and girls, governments, communities and activists. I genuinely believe that we have a common goal. And I genuinely believe that we can work together in a way that does not reassert male power over women, that keeps women and girls at the centre, and focuses on transforming gender inequality rather than just adding men and boys.
23/11/2014 19:57 GMT
She Is a Girl, Yes, But She Is Not Helpless... She Is a Survivor, Not Ours to Save... She Is Her Own Advocate
The International Day of the Girl Child recognises the specific barriers faced by girls globally that inhibit their potential to act in and shape the world around them, and Malala is a perfect example for us. She is a girl, yes. But she is not helpless. She is a survivor, not ours to save. She is her own advocate.
16/10/2014 09:58 BST
We owe it to ourselves, and to women and girls worldwide, not to turn away. And thankfully I hear the voice of the world saying enough. People of all nationalities are bringing to light what has historically been one of the most silent and hidden human rights abuses of our time. For this I am grateful and proud.
11/06/2014 10:18 BST
Violence against women often appears to be so pervasive and complex that it seems insurmountable. But it is preventable. For the first time, a new UN study on men and violence includes data from men themselves, across a number of countries, that tells us why some men use violence against women and how this can be prevented... We must address power imbalances between men and women and promote ways of being a man that value respect, non-violence and equality. This is possible.
10/09/2013 08:36 BST
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