How to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls and End It Once and for All
Ending violence against women and girls is a global movement. Violence against women and girls happens everywhere; in homes, schools, workplaces, and public spaces. It affects nearly every segment of society from all racial, socioeconomic, religious, age, gender and other groups. The statistics are sobering.
It is estimated globally that one in four women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime. 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Violence against women is a pandemic that affects all countries, cultures, economics or social strata. This article explores the meaning of “violence against women”, its root causes, types of violence and how to prevent it. The article also analyses the scope of this epidemic, the effects on women and girls, as well as its long-term impact on their lives. Read on to learn more about preventing violence against women and girls and ending it once and for all.
Ending violence against women and girls once and for all will take an entire global community working together to achieve it. That’s why the United Nations has spearheaded a new initiative called the END Violence Against Women Initiative. The initiative has six action areas that we need to work on collectively in order to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls once and for all.
These action areas are: changing social norms so that violence is no longer accepted as a normal part of everyday life; supporting victims and survivors so that they feel safe reporting crimes and getting help; identifying risk factors early so that perpetrators can be held accountable before they commit another crime; holding perpetrators accountable so they cannot continue with their pattern of abuse; and investing in new solutions at every level – from local communities, to technology, to governments – so that preventative measures can be taken.
Safer World Foundation is committed to ending violence against women and girls. We know that this is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world and that women and girls also face rampant online violence, from misogynistic hate speech to sexual harassment, image abuse and grooming by predators.
Now is the time for transformative action that ends violence against women and girls. We must be the generation that says enough is enough. We must be the generation that makes change happen. We must unite to create a world where every woman and girl can live free from fear and violence. This is our commitment, and we invite you to join us
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