1 in 10 Algerian women beaten daily: report

Govt. starts rehab and awareness campaigns


An Algerian government study found that one woman out of 10 is beaten on a daily basis and that most violence against women happens in the home, press reports said Wednesday.

The report, published in the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, said that most married women were beaten by their husbands, while divorcees and widows were abused by their brothers.

The study was conducted by the Algerian Ministry for Family Affairs and the Status of Women on a random sample of 2,000 families.

The definition of violence included physical and verbal abuse, banishment from the home, and intimidation through threats.

The ministry announced a rehabilitation plan for victims of physical and psychological abuse as well as a social awareness campaign to combat the phenomenon.

It called on schools and mosques to take part, and created a coalition between the parliament, city councils and trade unions.

The ministry said it would launch an extended campaign that aims to change people's perspectives on women and draft new laws to protect women’s rights and grant them more freedom and equality.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).