Violence against women: to fight is everyone's duty

About Vale

11/25/2021

Violence against women: to fight is everyone's duty

When we talk about violence against women, very commonly, the topic is related to physical and sexual violence only. Although these kinds of violence are the most “visible” and affect thousands of women around the world, unfortunately, there are other forms of oppression which are not noticed sometimes.

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Only in Brazil, in 2020, 1,350 women died as victims of femicide, according to the Brazilian Public Yearbook Security (updated in July 2021). Of these, 81.5% were killed by partners or former partners.

Global panorama

To a greater or lesser extent, women from all over the planet are affected by violence, regardless of financial and cultural conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every three women has already suffered violence, whether physical and/or sexual, mostly committed by an intimate partner.

The consequences of these acts are devastating for the victims´ health; according to a study carried out by WHO in 2013, women who suffer from violence caused by their partners are 16% more likely to have abortion and 41% more likely to have premature birth.

Furthermore, report “Global, Regional and National Estimates on Intimate Partner Violence against Women and Global and Regional Estimates of Non-Partner Sexual Violence” – also released by WHO – shows that gender-based violence is in women's lives from early age, considering that 25% of the teenagers and the young women (between 15 and 24 years old) have already been victims.

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Vale reinforces the need for us to know the other aspects of violence against women in order to be able to intervene whenever a situation of repression is witnessed, after all, fighting violence is everyone's duty.

Check out the five kinds of violence provided in the Brazilian Law Maria da Penha: 

                Physical violence: any act that leads to risk to the woman's health or integrity. Such as, for example, beating and strangulation. 
                
                Psychological Violence: any act that impairs the emotional condition and self-esteem or aims to control actions and behaviors. Such as, for example, manipulation, stalking and insults. 
                
                Sexual Violence: any act that forces a woman to witness or participate in non-consensual sexual relations. Such as, for example, rape and impeding use of contraceptive methods.  
                
                Moral Violence: any act of slander, defamation or insult. Such as, for example, exposure of the intimate life, judgment by the way to dress or use of insults that offend the person´s character. 
                
                Property Violence: any act that subtracts, retains or destroys, in whole or in part, property and values belonging to the victim. Such as, for example, control money or not pay alimony.

Property violence is one of the causes that make women keep abusive relationships, as many of them are not able to provide for themselves.

Therefore, it is so important to support projects that guarantee income and independence to women. At Vale, we are investing increasingly more in hiring women for our team. Until July 2021, the number of women in our operations grew by 42% compared to 2019, according to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report

Furthermore, the Vale Foundation created the program Mask + Income, which, during the pandemic, generated income for around 2,000 craftswomen and seamstresses in all regions of the country. The initiative, in partnership with Rede Asta and more than 20 companies and institutions, accounted for almost R$ 4 million of income for women in vulnerable situation.

If you witness a violent situation, don't be silent! Make a report:

Whistleblower Channel: If you have suffered or witnessed any kind of violence within Vale, contact us on our Whistleblower Channel.Secret and anonymity are guaranteed to the whistleblowers.

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Violence against women: to fight is everyone's duty