Gender-based violence (GBV), and in particular violence against women, is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic, or national boundaries.
Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience GBV during her lifetime. Typically, it undermines the health, dignity, security, and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains concealed in a silent manner. Some experts characterize violence against women and girls as a global pandemic that affects too many women.
No single factor can explain GBV in our societies, but rather a myriad of factors contribute to it, and the interplay of these factors lies at the root of the problem. This matter is devastating for survivors of violence and their families and entails significant social and economic costs.
In some countries, GBV takes a considerable bite out of the GDP value. In some cases, the total loss is more than double the government's spending on general education.
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