What is gender based violence?
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation, affecting around one in three women and girls worldwide.
Women and girls experience violence and discrimination in every society, simply because of their gender. From the moment they are born, millions of girls around the world face many forms of violence including rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation and child marriage.
Survivors of violence may experience immediate impacts including stress, distress, shock, injury, depression, HIV or unwanted pregnancy. Longer term, violence and the threat of violence can stop girls from going to school, being able to choose if and who they marry and from reaching their full potential.
European Institute for Gender Equality https://eige.europa.eu