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What is Violence Against Women and Girls?



We see our work as part of a broader movement to combat Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

VAWG  is “a widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violation in our world today” (The United Nations Declaration on the elimination of

violence against women). 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. 


It includes:
  • Domestic abuse and violence (physical, psychological, financial and sexual)
  • Sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
  • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
  • female genital mutilation; and
  • child marriage.

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