#16Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
#16Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates of abuse reaching 70% in some countries.

Men and boys also experience sexual violence, increasingly documented in conflict countries and especially when gender identity conflicts with gender norms. Gender-based violence (GBV) also affects other marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community.

USAID’s global mandate in development and humanitarian assistance places the Agency in a strong position to effectively address this complex, multifaceted issue.

USAID programs support prevention and response to GBV by:

Addressing the root causes of violence
Improving prevention and protection services
Responding to the health and economic needs of those affected by GBV
Supporting legislation and its enforcement against GBV
GBV is a human rights and public health issue that limits individual and societal development with high human and economic costs. Eliminating GBV is a long-standing goal of the U.S. Government. The equal participation of women in the political, economic and social spheres is a key ingredient for democratic development.
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