Gender-based violence affects somewhere between 35 and 70% of women globally. More than one billion women lack protection from sexual violence from an intimate partner. An estimated 1.5 billion are without legal protection against sexual harassment at work. Thirty-seven countries still exempt perpetrators of rape from prosecution if they marry their victims.
But despite these alarming trends, accessing justice remains a challenge for survivors of gender-based violence across all regions of the world. Women and girls continue to face discriminatory legal and policy frameworks, unresponsive justice institutions and exclusion from political participation and economic opportunities. These barriers not only impede women from obtaining justice, but also enhance their vulnerability to all forms of violence.
IDLO is working around the world in countries including Afghanistan, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Mongolia and Myanmar to combat gender-based violence, focusing on legal and policy reform; capacity building of justice sector actors; strengthened links across the justice chain; support to specialized gender-based violence mechanisms; legal empowerment of victims and survivors; and improved access to services, including shelters.
Join us as we support the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. We reaffirm our commitment to combat violence against women and girls through stories of our work and the voices of our colleagues worldwide.
Learn more about IDLO's work to combat gender-based violence