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16 Facts About Gender-Based Violence

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Safeguarding | Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Members of Chemonics' Gender and Social Inclusion Practice present 16 facts for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Gender-based violence is often misunderstood as just a “women’s issue” because women and girls are disproportionately affected. In reality, gender-based violence is a vast and intersecting issue that impacts all members of society, including girls and women, boys and men, and members of the LGBT community. Gender-based violence hurts every aspect of society, socially, economically, and politically. In many ways, it limits the successful function, safety, and progression of communities throughout the world.

Because gender-based violence is a multifaceted problem, ending it requires a multifaceted approach. From government officials to ordinary citizens, educators to health care workers, everyone has a role to play. Gender-based violence is a serious challenge, but one that we can rise to meet.

About Poulami Banerji

Poulami Banerji was formerly a recruitment manager in Chemonics’ Human Resources Division.

About Linda Flynn

Linda Flynn is a former associate in Chemonics’ Strategic Solutions and Communications Division.