Gender-based violence is a pervasive and unfortunately very common form of human rights violation. It takes many different forms, from physical and sexual abuse to psychological and economic coercion, and can have devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. In this article, we will define and describe gender-based violence in more detail.
Defining Gender-Based Violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) is any act of violence that is based on a person’s gender identity, gender expression, or biological sex. It can include physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse, as well as intimidation and coercion. It can be directed at individuals, groups, or entire communities. The United Nations defines GBV as “any act that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.”
Describing Gender-Based Violence
Gender-based violence can take many different forms, from physical and sexual abuse to psychological and economic coercion. Physical abuse involves physical violence, such as hitting, slapping, or beating. Sexual abuse includes rape, sexual assault, and other forms of unwanted sexual contact. Psychological abuse includes verbal and emotional abuse, such as insults, humiliation, threats, and intimidation. Economic abuse includes financial control, such as refusing to provide money, or using money as a way to control or manipulate.
GBV is a pervasive problem that affects people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. It can have devastating physical, psychological, and economic consequences for survivors, as well as their families and communities. It is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women, and it must be addressed in order to ensure that all individuals can enjoy the right to live free from violence.
Gender-based violence is a serious human rights violation that affects people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. It is an act of violence that is based on a person’s gender identity, gender expression, or biological sex, and can take many different forms, from physical and sexual abuse to psychological and economic coercion. It can have devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities, and must be addressed in order to ensure that all individuals can enjoy the right to live free from violence.
Gender-based violence is a violation of human rights that affects the lives of millions of people across the globe. It includes any act committed against a person based on their gender identity or perceived gender, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Gender-based violence can be thought of as a violation of the fundamental human rights of individuals to safety, autonomy, and freedom of expression.
Gender-based violence is often normalised and supported through gender stereotypes, unequal power dynamics based on gender, and discrimination. Gender-based violence is rooted in centuries of patriarchy and a history of subjugation of women and members of gender and sexual minorities. It is a form of discrimination based on sex and gender and often results in harassment, intimidation, and physical, psychological, and economic harm.
Gender-based violence takes multiple forms, including sexual assault, domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual harassment, stalking, and female genital mutilation. It is present in all societies and affects women, men and gender non-conforming individuals. It is often used as a tool of oppression and control, particularly in the contexts of unequal power dynamics, poverty and the gender pay gap. In addition, gender-based violence can have a devastating impact on physical and mental health, and may lead to a life-long trauma and isolation.
It is essential to increase understanding of gender-based violence so that perpetrators can be held accountable and victims can access the support they need and deserve. Governments and civil society need to take more proactive and proactive steps to tackle gender-based violence, including through change in laws and policies, better enforcement of existing laws, gender-sensitisation training, and the provision of resources to support victims and survivors. Only through a joint effort of all stakeholders can we put an end to gender-based violence and ensure that everyone is able to live with safety, respect and dignity.