Photo: Susana Vera for Action Against Hunger, Mauritania.
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and until December 10th, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
Violence against women is one of the biggest causes of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability for women ages 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war. In other words, it’s an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
However, violence against women goes beyond the physical. Violence can be physical, sexual, psychological. Violence can include limiting autonomy, decision-making power and access to certain resources.
For these 16 days, we are highlighting 16 different types of violence that women and girls experience beyond the physical.
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16 DAYS OF ACTION QUIZ: UNDERSTANDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
What portion of women around the world are likely to be victims of violence in their lifetime?
Women are less likely to demand their rights and protection because they are _______ as likely as men to be illiterate.
How many girls alive today worldwide were married before their 18th birthday?
How many girls that are considered to be ‘missing’ because of sex selective abortions and neglect?
If men and women had equal access to productive resources, this would allow them to increase their yields by 20-30%. How much could this decrease world hunger by?
Leblouh is the practice of forced fattening, whereby girls are obliged to eat large quantities of pounded millet, camel’s milk and water so that they can be married off as soon as possible. What is the earliest age that girls are exposed to this practice?
How much more time do women spend in unpaid work in developing countries, compared to men?
How many women died in 2013 due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth?
What portion of the world’s chronically hungry are women and girls?
What percent of women worldwide hold parliamentary seats?
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