Over one billion women worldwide are victims of domestic violence.
Sweden’s minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke who made this disclosure said domestic violence against women remains a global plague.
In her speech at a High Level Segment of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the minister opined that a third of all women globally are affected by this most common form of violence against women and girls.
While urging that something should be done to stamp out this social problem, she contended that no country in the world is exempted.
According to her ‘‘In Sweden, around 20 women die every year as a result of domestic violence. This is completely unacceptable’’
Bah Kuhnke also used the occasion to urge member countries to protect the freedom of expression, freedom of the media and freedom for the civil society, in all states represented in the Human Rights Council.