Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. It is so widespread that ending it must be a global public health priority.
As a woman and someone blessed to have a platform, I made it my life’s goal to advocate for causes such as this. But the truth is, we all play a key role in standing up against violence, as men and women, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. No one can tackle it alone. All must reach for shared dignity, mutual respect and a renewed commitment to end violence against women and girls.
The statistics say that worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. But it seems like it’s so much more than that! In today’s world, it seems like 2 out of every 3 women have experienced GBV! It knows no social, economic or national boundaries.
So, as we continue to seek solutions to this scourge, let’s have a discussion about it.
Have you directly or indirectly experienced GBV? Do you know anyone that has experienced it? How would you describe Gender Based Violence in one word?