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End Violence Against Women

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“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.”
~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Research shows that societies with greater gender equality experience faster economic growth, better outcomes for children, and more representative government institutions.

Up to one in three women report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today we recognize that violence against women is a human rights violation and a consequence of discrimination against women.

Some sobering statistics from the United Nations:

– 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.
– It is estimated that up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk from FGM/C, and more than 130 million girls and women have undergone the procedure worldwide.
– 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.

Gender-based violence and discrimination costs everyone. World Vision addresses gender inequality by working with entire communities — women, girls, men, and boys — to transform discriminatory practices together. We also work with faith leaders around the world to acknowledge and act upon gender injustices in their communities.

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