STOP Violence Against Women: 30 Gender-Based Violence Quotes

Let's all work together to eradicate violence against women around the world.
STOP violence against women


We constantly hear in the news gender-based violence cases around the world. Not all of them end up in death, but we can still talk about violence against women. Probably, if we were talking about an outbreak of "x" disease, we would be talking about a pandemic and not about independent cases, as many media want to make us believe.

From here we want to say ENOUGH and we want to do our bit with these quotes against gender-based violence to help prevent and educate boys, girls, men, and women

30 Quotes Against Gender-Based Violence

We don't want any more victims of any kind; we want a society educated in equality, respect, and freedom. Here you have 30 quotes against gender violence!

1"Any moment of the day or night is good to say enough and put an end to a stage of your life that you would have wished not to live"

We begin the list of quotes against gender-based violence with a message that should be clear: if, unfortunately, a woman is already in a situation of gender-based violence, it is always a good time (as sooner the better) to say "enough" and start the life she deserves.


Raimunda de Peñaflor

2"Perpetrators of abuse often make their victims believe that they are somehow responsible for their own abuse. Such misplaced notions shift the blame of the abuse from the abuser to the abusee."

This quote explains reality. Abusers make the victims feel responsible for the abuse. 

Mallika Nawal

3"Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. [...] Violence is much more subtle,

The quote against gender-based violence that best explains what violence is. We shouldn't allow a single gesture of contempt towards us.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

4"One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time."

Nicole Kidman is one of the UN ambassadors and makes clear the seriousness of the matter and the importance and urgency that must be given to this issue.

Nicole Kidman

5"Women should be angry about the violence and fear that inform so much of our lives. So should men."

Violence against women should concern not only women but men as well. 

Soraya Chemaly, "Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger"

6"Don’t give up, please don’t give way, even if the cold burns, even if fear bites, even if the sun sets, and the wind goes silent, there is still fire in your soul, there is still life in your dreams.

We continue with this list of quotes against gender violence in a more poetic but still direct way. Surrender is not a possibility, there is always something to cling to within us and to fight for in order to eradicate violence.

Mario Benedetti

7"Calling gender violence a women's issue is part of the problem. It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention."

It's clear, right? It is everyone's job to fight for a society where no woman is subjected to the violence of a man.

Jackson Katz

8"No more minutes of fear, of humiliation, of pain, of silence. We have the right to have every minute of freedom, happiness, love and life. We want to live. All of us. Not one less."

And we have the right; let's do the impossible so that this becomes a reality and ceases to be a utopia.

"Ni una menos" campaign against gender-based violence.

9"We don't want to be brave when we're on the streets, we just want to be free."

After the amount of violence and abuse women suffer on the street, we must listen to things like "be brave". Of course we are brave, but we don't need to be encouraged to be brave, or that going out on the street should be something that requires courage, we really need to have the same right to be free.

Motto from a march against gender-based violence in Bilbao, 2013

10"When you abuse a woman, you stop being a man."

And we would add: you stop being a person. 

Campaign against gender-based violence

11"This body is mine, you can't touch it, you can't abuse it, you can't kill it."

Got it? It can't be put any straighter than that.

Campaign against gender violence

12"Violence against women in all its forms is a human rights violation."


Michelle Bachelet

13"Even if you're not responsible for your problems, you're responsible for their solutions. Ask for help!"

You're not alone! There are many ways to get out of hell, you just have to find them.

Violence against women awareness-raising campaign

14"Don't let fear stop you from reporting it."

Not only fear, anything, report it!


15"The world is, a, sadly, dangerous place for women and girls. And I think young women are tired of it. They're tired of being undervalued. They're tired of being disregarded."

We're tired of gender inequality, let's do something about it. 

Michelle Obama

16"For a world where we are socially equal, humanly different and totally free."

Today, a utopia, but we must fight to make it real. Stop violence!

Rosa Luxemburg

17"I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard... we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."

Let's all raise our voices, both men and women so that we can put an end to gender inequality. 

Malala Yousafzai

18"A woman is not in Braille, you don't need to touch her to know her."

So do not touch if you don't have the consent to do so.


19"I call on men and boys everywhere to join us. Break the silence. [...] Violence against women and girls will not be eradicated until all of us – men and boys – refuse to tolerate it."

We continue with the list of quotes against gender violence with this invitation. As we have already said, it is everyone's job to put an end to this.

Ban Ki-Moon

20"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

That is why we must all fight on the side that ends gender-based violence in the world.

Elie Wiesel

21"No means no. And if you do not say yes, it also means no. And if you were wearing a skirt, it still means no. If you are trying to continue with your life despite fear, it's still a no. And if anyone

No means no.

La Vecina Rubia

22"As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea."

There's not much else to say...

Charlotte Bunch

23"Nothing good ever comes of violence."

Hence the question, isn't it silly that it still exists, then?

Martin Luther

24"No one asked me how my assailant was dressed."

A very curious and at the same time shameful fact: the number of times an aggressor's behavior is justified by how the victim dresses (or speaks or acts). Why don't we ask ourselves what is really important and act to put an end to it?

Campaign against gender-based violence

25"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

And that is what we must all achieve through the fight for equality and the non-existence of violence that kills many women.

Nelson Mandela

26"Sexual violence happens to one section of society, girls and women. And because we don’t talk about it or accept it, it becomes normalised. If you don’t see sexual harassment and violence as a crime,

Be one of those good men and speak out for women.

Elsamarie D'silva

27"You are not allowed to raise boys who reject all things feminine, then get upset when they become men who hate women."

This quote against gender-based violence tells us that education is really important in this matter. If you want men to respect women as they respect other men, make sure they learn how to do so, right from the beginning.

Darnell Lamont Walker

28"And with the blindfold I made myself a bow on my hair. Not I look prettier and I am less blind."

Precious words that well describe the importance of being a strong, brave woman who fights for the freedom that others insist on taking away from you.

Sara Búho

29"Women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century. There is no more important or larger issue that has to be addressed."

It's true. We need to continue working on this important issue and keep making progress. 

Hillary Clinton

30"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change

We put an end to this list of quotes against violence against women with this one from the United Nations Secretary-General, to recognize the merit of all people who fight to eradicate gender-based violence but also to call for many more to join in a fight for equality, respect, and freedom for women.

Ban Ki-Moon