Effects of Gender-based Vi0lence in Our Society | Opinion

Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality, and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies.

Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person because of their gender.

Both women and men experience gender-based violence but the majority of victims are women and girls.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or s*xual abuse in her lifetime.

Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Victims of violence can suffer s*xual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, s*xually transmitted infections including HIV, and even death.

Examples of GBV are ;

• Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. It violates women’s bodies and often damages their s*xuality, mental health, well-being and participation in their community. It may even lead to death.

• Domestic violence includes all acts of physical, s*xual, psychological and economic violence that occur within the family, domestic unit, or between intimate partners. These can be former or current spouses also when they don’t share the same residence.

• Forced marriage refers to marriage concluded under force or coercion – either physical pressure to marry or emotional and psychological pressure. It’s closely linked to child or early marriage, when children are wed before reaching the minimum age for marriage.

• S*x-based harassment includes unwelcome verbal, physical or other non-verbal conduct of a s*xual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person.

Lady Evioghene Precious Ikpeba is a political analyst and entrepreneur. An award winning political analyst and entrepreneur.

Date of birth: May 27

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