Day 1 Violence against Women and girls

  • Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights and a pressing global issue.
  • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Violence against women and girls can and should be prevented.
  • In order to sustain and advance efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, the issue must be prioritized in the new global development agenda.
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women and girls, in law and practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
  • 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.
  • Violence against women and girls impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combatting HIV and AIDS, and peace and security.
  • Violence against women and girls has enormous social and economic costs for individuals, families, communities and societies and has a significant impact on development and the realization of sustainable development goals.

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