Violence against women and girls


The concept of 'violence against women and girls' (VAWG) encompasses various forms of abuse that, although men and boys may also experience, disproportionately affect women and girls. The terminology we employ for statistical purposes aligns with the United Nations' 1993 declaration, which defines VAWG as:

"Any act of violence based on gender that causes or is likely to cause physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether it occurs in public or private life."

Our VAWG terminology encompasses crimes such as domestic abuse (including homicide), sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, child abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, and harassment in the workplace and public life.

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