IAW Newsletter December 2015

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“ORANGE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS NOW” restated the following key messages:

Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights and a pressing global issue.

Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Violence against women and girls can and should be 
prevented.

In order to sustain and advance efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, the issue must be prioritized in the new global development agenda.

Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women and girls, in law and practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.

35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.

Violence against women and girls impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combatting HIV and AIDS, and peace and security.

Violence against women and girls has enormous social and economic costs for individuals, families, communities and societies and has a significant impact on development and the realization of sustainable development goals.

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