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Affecting 1 in 3 women in their lifetime, systemic Violence against women and girls is a global problem. occurring in every country in the world and across all groups and social classes.

What is violence against women and girls?

"Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." - The United Nations This violence against women includes – but is not limited to:

• Domestic violence (involving violence from an intimate partner or family members)
• Rape and other forms of sexual violence
• Female genital mutilation
• Early and forced marriage
• Economic control
• Coercion and emotional abuse

Violence is a gross violation of a woman's fundamental human rights, often with devastating ramifications. In countries where there is no law against domestic violence, as is the case in 46 countries around the world, women’s average life expectancy is typically shorter than men's. Globally, up to 38% of all women who have been murdered have been murdered by their intimate partners.

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