According to UN Women, Violence against women and girls remains one of the world’s most common and pervasive human rights violations. An estimated 736 million women worldwide — nearly one in every three — have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner abuse, non-partner sexual assault, or both at some point in their lives.
This scourge has intensified in different settings, including the workplace and online spaces, and has been exacerbated by post-pandemic effects, conflicts, and climate change.
The solution lies in strong responses, including prevention investments. However, statistics on how much nations are committing to combating violence against women and girls is dangerously scarce.
For instance, just 5% of government aid is focused on tackling violence against women and girls, and less than 0.2% is directed to its prevention.
greater funding for women’s organisations is needed, as is better laws, prosecution of abusers, greater assistance for survivors, and training for law enforcement authorities.
This 2023 campaign Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls will call on citizens to show how much they care about ending violence against women and girls and call on governments worldwide to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention. Join the global movement with the #NoExcuse slogan calling for urgent investments to prevent violence against women and girls.