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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 Days of Activism end on 10 December (International Human Rights Day), and during this time we will highlight 16 key facts on intimate partner and sexual violence against women.

 Up to 70% of women experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

The WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women indicated that intimate partner violence is widespread across many societies. The study showed that rates of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner ranged from 15% in Japan, to 70% in Ethiopia and Peru, with most sites reporting rates of between 29 and 62%. The WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women can be downloaded here:

16 facts on violence against women

  1. Physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner
  2. Violence against women is predictable and preventable
  3. Violence against women and health
  4. Violence against women and well-being of children
  5. Violence against women and HIV
  6. Violence against women and MDGs
  7. Violence against women and economic development
  8. The link between child maltreatment and intimate partner violence
  9. Alcohol and intimate partner violence
  10. Sexual violence and conflict
  11. Preventing intimate partner violence by building skills
  12. School-based programmes and violence prevention
  13. Engaging men and boys
  14. WHO and prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence against women
  15. Health workers and sexual violence
  16. Research on preventing sexual violence

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