Violence against women and girls (VAWG)

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Author/Publisher: Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at George Washington University, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank Group

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More than 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. That is 818 million women - almost the total population of sub-Saharan Africa and almost three times the population of the United States.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most oppressive forms of gender inequality and stands as a fundamental barrier to equal participation of women and men in social, economic, and political spheres. Such violence impedes gender equality and the achievement of a range of development outcomes. VAWG is a complex and multifaceted problem that cannot effectively be addressed from a single vantage point. The prevention of, and response to, such violence requires coordinated action across multiple sectors.


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