Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also for their families, the community and the country at large. On a national level it has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.
That is why violence against women, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women, is not only a violation of women's human rights, but also a major public health problem.It is negatively surprising that about one in three women worldwide have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. This violence, that can be displayed as sexual aggression, economic coercion, human trafficking, stalking, forced marriage and/or pregnancy or others, causes physical, sexual or psychological harm, including physical aggression, sexual coercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviours.
Women give so much to society that we cannot just watch them suffer and try. Each nation has to adopt and enforce laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls, in line with international human rights standards, and emphasize prevention in all levels of society.