16 Facts About Gender-Based Violence


By Poulami Banerji and Linda Flynn

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. As the graphic to the right shows, gender-based violence is a serious challenge, but one that we can rise to meet.

Poulami Banerji is an associate in Chemonics' Middle East Division, and Linda Flynn is an associate in the Strategic Solutions and Communications Division. They are members of Chemonics' Gender and Social Inclusion Practice.

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