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GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic, or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.

 

  • Rape as a weapon of war

  • Pre-natal selection

  • Female genital mutilation

  • Date rape

  • Bride burning

  • Child Marriage

  • Trafficking of girls and women

  • Domestic violence

  • Crimes committed in the name of passion or honor

  • Abduction of girls during combat

  • Bride kidnapping

  • Sexual harassment at work

  • Physical or emotional violence by an intimate partner

  • Exploitation of domestic workers

  • Femicide

  • Forced sterilization or other coerced forms of reproductive practices.

Forms of Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security, and autonomy of its victims, yet it often remains shrouded in a culture of silence.

 

Victims of gender-based violence suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They often have sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistulas, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and even death.

WHY SHOULD MEN CARE?

It should seem obvious that men would care about this issue but often we just ignore it or write it off as a women’s issue.

Men have a crucial role to play in addressing gender-based violence — as fathers, husbands, brothers — as public advocates in both speaking against violence against women and girls, and in defying the destructive stereotypes that have normalized gender-based violence.

It is a moral issue that beckons all of us to respond. The climb is a chance for a group of men to put a flag in the ground, making a very powerful statement that gender-based violence is wrong.  

"It is a women’s issue, yes, but it’s very much a man’s issue too."

"Perhaps the greatest assault against women is that more is not being done to address gender-based violence."

– WE International Inc. Founder & President, David Lippiatt