The current economic system is failing the women who need support the most. Until we change the economic system to serve their needs, we will only be playing catch up trying to end violence against women in our societies.
While positive strides have been made in women's rights and gender equality in recent years, women and girls around the world are still married as children, denied access to education and political power, and trapped in conflicts where rape is used as a weapon of war. If we want to change this, we need to support the activists and women's rights organisations calling for change.
Melinda Gates raised a timely alarm this week (Financial Times, Comment, 9th Nov 2015, "Investing in our families is a vital
Visiting Sierra Leone - a country best known for the atrocities and devastation caused by an 11-year civil war (it is estimated that 250,000 women were raped) - isn't probably high on most people's list of things to do.