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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Occasioned by this really special day we decided to point out a few facts regarding gender-based violence and at the same time to present appropriate approached to tackle violence against women and their empowerment.

Gender-based violence is a violation of basic human rights. It results from an imbalance of power between women and men and is deeply entrenched in some cultural practices and intimate relationships. The issue of GBV is increasingly becoming of interest globally because “it is no longer a private issue but one that involves society as a whole and therefore calls for a holistic approach promoting preventive solutions” (Martinez, Schröttle et al. 2006). Gender-based violence (GBV) is first and foremost a violation of human rights and a global health issue that cuts across boundaries of economic wealth, culture, religion, age, and sexual orientation (Sida Report, 2015).

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women