Women on the Frontline


''IT'' threatens the lives of more young women than cancer, malaria or war. ''IT'' affects one in three women worldwide and leaves them mentally scarred for life. ''IT'' is inflicted by a family member. ''IT'' is violence against women and girls.

First aired on BBC World TV, this critically acclaimed series presented by Annie Lennox and shot by all-women crews is a brutally honest account of a silent war of violence against females, being waged around the world.

The seven films, in Women on the Frontline, tell the personal stories of courageous women who have survived abuses and want their voices to be heard.

* At least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to a study based on 50 surveys around the world
* A fifth of women report being sexually abused before the age of 15
* 500,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth each year: a number that has changed little in 20 years
* Violence against women kills more women than traffic accidents and malaria combined, according to World Bank estimates
* The World Health Organisation has reported that up to 70 percent of female murder victms are killed by their male partners
* The prevalence of women in developing countries who experience violence during pregnancy ranges from 4 to 20%, according to the European Journal of Public Health
* In 48 population-based surveys from around the world commissioned by the World Health Organisation, 10 to 69% of women reported being physcially assaulted by an intimate male partner at some point in their lives

Women on the Frontline