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.
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.
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
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.
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.