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Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls.

violenceIt knows no geographic, socio-economic or cultural boundaries.

Worldwide, one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, from rape and domestic violence to harassment at work and bullying on the Internet.

Women and girls experience violence in all countries and neighbourhoods but these crimes often remain unreported and hidden. We must end the silence. There are other chilling statistics. According to the UN,

• 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.

• An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common.

• Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.

• The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations.

Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue. We must shatter negative gender stereotypes and attitudes, introduce and implement laws to prevent and end discrimination and exploitation, and stand up to abusive behavior whenever we see it.

We have to condemn all acts of violence, establish equality in our work and home lives, and change the everyday experience of women and girls.

Women’s rights were once thought of as women’s business only, but more and more men and boys are becoming true partners in the battle for women’s empowerment.

We all have a role to play. If we stand together in homes, communities, countries and internationally, we can challenge discrimination and impunity and put a stop to the mindsets and customs that encourage, ignore or tolerate the global disgrace of violence against women and girls.

Source: Public Agenda

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