“Gender-based violence is widespread, yet, it is mostly invisible, under reported, and normalized, and so many women and girls continue to be victims of rape and sexual violence…as well as other forms of psychological, physical and economic violence.” – Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, 2015–2021
According to UN Women, almost 9 out of 10 women in cities around the world feel unsafe in public spaces. The fear is common and it is global. The experience and fear of violence narrows a woman’s world. It impacts her ability to move freely, to study, to go out with friends, or to get a job.
In fact, violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time. According to World Health Organization (WHO), nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime.