Close the Gap: How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015

At least one in three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, often perpetrated by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a fundamental human rights issue and a central challenge to development, democracy and peace.

Violence against women (VAW) is the most widespread and persistent violation of human rights. According to a 2013 study from the World Health Organization (WHO), at least one in three women worldwide (35 per cent) will experience physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime, usually at the hands of someone they know. This means more than one billion women worldwide are affected by VAW.

Close the Gap

 

Close the Gap
How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015

Publication Date: 
March 2014
Publication Author: 
Daniela Rosche, Policy Advisor, Women’s Rights and Gender Justice, Oxfam International