In every country, women and girls suffer from widespread and multiple forms
of violence. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the
workplace, during conflict and in time of peace. It manifests itself in its most
prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence. But it also takes the forms of
female infanticide in the preference for boys, child marriage, female genital
mutilation, “honour” killings and other forms of feminicide.
This violence prevents women and girls around the world to live in dignity,
violates their fundamental human rights and impedes them from achieving their
full potential. It is one of the most potent obstacles to the advancement of
women, has social and economic costs and seriously jeopardizes the progress and
prosperity of the world.