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First, what do we know about violence against women?
- Over 35% of women have experienced gender-based violence. (WHO)
- Almost 50% of women in low income countries justify violence against them. (DHS)
- The most common perpetrator is an intimate partner. (UN)
- Women in conflict zones are at a higher risk of violence: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, an average of 36 women are raped each day, and as many as 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. (UN)
- Girls married before age 18 are more likely to experience violence, health issues, and maternal mortality, as well as shorten their education. (UN)
- Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is a common form of gender violence across Africa and some Middle Eastern countries. In the World Bank’s Gender Statistics database, the latest data from Egypt and Somalia put prevalence at over 90%. (The indicator is “Prevalence of FGM/C”)