Violence against women and girls is a hidden global crisis which knows no boundaries of
geography or culture. But, marginalized women, such as poor women and girls, are most likely
to experience it, most often at the hands of their husbands or partners.
One of the most widespread violations of human rights
Violence against women and girls takes many different forms, including domestic violence,
sexual assault and harassment, child, early and forced marriage, sex trafficking, so called
‘honour’ crimes and female genital mutilation. It is rooted in the gender inequality that women
face throughout their lives from childhood through to old age.
Many perpetrators believe that violence toward women and girls is normal or appropriate
behaviour, supported by society. They feel that they can commit violence without disapproval.
It is one of the most widespread violations of human rights and has long-term devastating effects
on the lives of women, their communities and wider society. It is time to say ‘enough is enough’.
We want violence against women to end.
Violence on a massive scale
35 percent of women will experience violence at the hands of their current or former
partners in their lifetime, up to 70 percent according to some national studies.
Around 650 million women alive today were married as children. Of those women, more
than one in three got married before 15.
200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation – the majority of
girls are cut before the age of five.
Women and girls together account for 71 percent of all human trafficking victims
detected globally, with girls representing nearly three out of every four trafficked
Violence and poverty: a vicious cycle
We believe that violence against women and girls is one of the most significant barriers to our
mission to end poverty. Violence against women and girls not only devastates women’s lives and divides communities, but it also undermines development efforts and the building of strong democracies and just, peaceful societies.
Violence locks women and girls into poverty. It limits women’s choices; their ability to access
education, earn a living and participate in political and public life. Poverty exposes them to
further violence and a lack of options when violence occurs.
Violence against women is a serious violation of women’s human rights and of direct concern to
the public health sector because of the significant contributions that public health workers could
do if properly trained, as they are placed close to the victims, and possibly well acquainted with
the community and its inhabitants. Thus, local health services and communities could play a
central part in raising awareness among the public to prevent this violence. To openly debate this
subject is a way to reduce society’s tolerance towards violence against women.
There is still limited knowledge about what interventions are most effective for the prevention of
gender based violence, however documentation and evaluation are key elements in building this
knowledge and clear definitions are an important element in this.
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