Out of Shadow

Fight Violence Against Women and Girls

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Out of Shadow

Fight Violence against Women and Girls

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Do You Know

The World Health Organization in 2013 reported that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

Do You Know

The World Health Organization in 2013 reported that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

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A Pandemic

According to the UN, more than 700 million women worldwide alive today were married as below 18 years of age.

More than 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Worldwide, more than 250 million women alive today were married before 15 years old.

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A Pandemic

According to the UN, more than 700 million women worldwide alive today were married as below 18 years of age.

More than 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Worldwide, more than 250 million women alive today were married before 15 years old.

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Married Before 15

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Experienced Forced Sex

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Female Forced Labour

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Genital Mutilation

Living The Dark


“Violence against women and girls is an outrage. It demands urgent attention as a violation of fundamental human rights. Along with terrible individual suffering, it also imposes steep, avoidable economic costs on families, communities, and economies — helping keep some of the world’s most vulnerable people in poverty.” – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim


What Can We Do

International financial institutions, other multilateral institutions, and bilateral donors have a unique and crucial role to play in preventing and addressing VAWG in both low- and middle-income countries—leveraging their reach, partnerships, lending, and expertise to share best practices and promote investment in strategies for preventing and responding to violence.

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Practitioners

According to a new research guide published by the World Bank, violence against women and girls is preventable and that the most successful strategies are complex, using multiple approaches across many different sectors, with involvement by men and women over a substantial period of time.

What We Do

Support Multi-Sectoral Approaches Top

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Design Interventions at Multiple Levels

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Establish Partnerships among Government and Stakeholders

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Can you believe: In the United States, healthcare costs among women experiencing physical abuse have been estimated to be 42 percent higher than among non-abused women. Can we help? Absolutely.


What


In rural South Africa, the IMAGE “Sisters in Life” Study found encouraging evidence that a combined microfinance and empowerment initiative can reduce the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV). Over two years, IPV levels were reduced by 55 percent, as reported by perpetrators, while household poverty rates fell.


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In Nicaragua, the post-Hurricane Mitch public information campaign, “Violence Against Women: A Disaster Men CAN Prevent,” applied the theme of rebuilding to personal relationships, drawing parallels between the hurricane and IPV. Evaluations found 15 percent more of the men exposed to the campaign believed they could avoid violence.


Accomplished


In Papua New Guinea, a Family Protection Bill was introduced in Parliament in 2013 after extensive and inclusive stakeholder consultation—along with the establishment of specialized Family and Sexual Violence Units and survivor-centered training for service providers. Prosecution efforts were strengthened, and the number of female magistrates rose from 10 to more than 900 from 2004-2013.

Join Our Cause

To address violence against women and girls, development practitioners should adapt evidence-based interventions or promising practices when possible, ensuring that interventions are culturally appropriate before transferring interventions from one country or region to another. Do you have better suggestions?

There Is Hope

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 Thank you: Development agencies, international financial institutions can play a vital role, but we can’t fulfill our mission without you.


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