A human rights approach

Photo: Thailand

An estimated 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, according to a 2013 global review commissioned by the World Health Organization. No country is untouched by this grave human rights violation.

Violence against women and girls:

  • is rooted in gendered social structures;
  • cuts across age, socio-economic, educational and geographic boundaries;
  • is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally;
  • has immediate and long-term physical, sexual and psychological consequences, including death;
  • is a barrier to health, prosperity, dignity and the full participation of women and girls in society;
  • has staggering financial costs, from health care and legal expenses to reduced economic productivity;
  • is an obstacle to development.

The UN Trust Fund approaches the goal of ending violence against women and girls through a human rights lens. It focuses on implementation of legal instruments and the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was agreed by UN member states in 2015.