All around the world women experience violence. It comes in various shapes and forms and often starts at a very young age. As well, women continue to be disadvantaged socially, politically, and economically compared to males. Framing violence against women as a human right serves to recognize that basic safety of person and body is a right of both genders not just women.

The abuse of females can take place in the family home, the marital home, or, in the case of sex trafficking and prostitution, females are sexually exploited by others who control and coerce them.