This is the headline for an article posted on The Guardian website on the 20th of June 2013. It states “More than a third of all women worldwide – 35.6% – will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually from a male partner, according to the first comprehensive study of its kind from the World Health Organisation (WHO).”
It has long been argued that when it comes to statistics of violence within relationships there will always be a dark figure as people are frightened to speak out against their partners for risk of getting hurt more. Also some may be unaware that what they are receiving is perceived as violence, they may be used to the behaviour and now consider it normal. It is usually in cases where the victim receives such harsh physical attacks that they end up in medical care that the abuse is reported.
The research states that they investigated worldwide and in the graph* depicted in the article they name the certain areas. Of course it is impossible for them to of studied all areas of society. There are many places within the continent of Africa who do not disclose what happens to the larger society. There are tribes who are cut off from western society and refuse to allow anyone approach them that it is impossible to receive statistics from these people.
Also the graph shown is highly misleading, they show Africa at the top of the chart with the western continents below it. This is perceiving Africa to be a more violent continent, as it is not part of the western world the media often depicts it as a barbaric and out of date place. Of course the recorded population of Africa is 1.2 billion recorded in 2016 and therefore it will obviously have higher rates of violence within it. In comparison to continents like Europe where its population is 743.1 Billion as recorded in 2015, or America where the recorded population is 325.9 million as recorded in 2017. It is just an obvious perception that the larger the place the higher the rates of something may be.
Although the headline is representative of the data inside it is the data itself that can be called in to question due to the ever looming dark figure when recording sexual and physical violence against women. Also it is the wording within the article that takes away women worldwide as the victim but instead makes women not of the western world seem like the ones in greatest danger.
*The Graph depicting violence against women worldwide.