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Gender-Based Violence

Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. 

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Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries.  

Gender-based violence undermines the health, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Victims of violence can suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and even death. 

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The issue of gender-based violence reaches every corner of the world. The numbers of women and girls affected by this problem are staggering. According to World Health Organization (WHO), data from 2013, 1 in every 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows. 1 in 5 women is sexually abused as a child, according to a 2014 report. 

Gender-based violence is not only a violation of individual women's and girl's rights. The impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and the fear generated by their actions, has an effect on all women and girls. It takes a toll on a global level, stunting the contributions women and girls can make to international development, peace and progress. 

 Source - United Nation Population Fund, Gender-Based Violence