Violence Against Women & Girls - Questions & Answers

GADN - UK Gender & Development Network
Publication Date: 
December, 2010

This report by the UK Gender and Development Network (GADN) answers frequent questions about violence against women and girls.

Violence against women and girls affects one in three women world-wide and is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights globally. It is violence that is directed at a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately.

According to the United Nations, violence against women and girls is: “…any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (Article 1, UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, 1993)

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