AWARE is a champion of women’s rights. Along with other diverse organizations and individuals, we are working to build global awareness around the exploitation of women and young girls as we pursue a single goal of effective human rights advocacy and implementation.
Gender-based discrimination is rampant in parts of the world, including in some of the world’s most developed nations and world-class cities, and puts women at increased risk of poverty, violence, ill health and a poor education. In some countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, domestic violence is permitted under law and “chastisement by a husband to his wife and the chastisement of minor children” is allowed as long as the assault does not exceed the limits prescribed by Sharia, or Islamic law.
Violence against women stems from the failure of local governments and societies to recognize the natural rights of women. States have the moral obligation to punish violence against women and to enact legislation to prevent such abuses and discrimination. Governments must strike down archaic laws that do not include marital rape as a crime and offer no minimum age requirements for “consensual” sex with young girls.
AWARE’s mission is to expose a global culture of discrimination against women and to implement measures that ensure women are protected from exploitation in all forms of abuse.