The UN goes on to define VAWG as
“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”.
Gender-based violence or VAW is directed against women (and girls) because they are women. It occurs globally in many forms. It can be seen as both the cause and the consequence of gender inequality.