A GLOBAL CRISIS

50%

of sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls under 16.

38%

of South East Asian women have experienced either physical or sexual violence.

22%

of women currently in a relationship in Europe are experiencing violence.

AFRICA

Violence against women and girls in Africa is widespread. Women and girls suffer forced marriages, dowry-related violence, marital rape, sexual harassment, forced sterilisation, female genital mutilation and forced prostitution.

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Africa
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ASIA - PACIFIC

Violence against women and girls in Asia-Pacific countries is pervasive and entrenched patriarchal systems are slow to change. Women and girls are often forced to migrate far from home to find work, leaving them vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.

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Asia - Pacific
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CARIBBEAN

Despite positive developments in laws relating to gender-based violence in the English-speaking Caribbean, there are many challenges with implementation of laws, women being pressured to drop charges against perpetrators and poor police responses.

St Lucia
The Minister of Gender Relations in St Lucia has said that violence against women is a “major challenge” and victims of domestic violence “suffer in isolation and silence.” The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force’s Domestic Abuse Manual states there is “secrecy and shame” surrounding the issue of domestic violence in Saint Lucia, so it is difficult to understand the full extent of the problem.
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UK

Violence against women in the UK is severely underreported. Gender-based domestic violence affects one in three women, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) women and migrant women are being failed or discriminated against by the State.

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