Definitions and Data Essential in Fight against Gender-Based Violence

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“GBV reminds women that they are not in charge of their lives or their bodies, and that men ought to be.”

Gender-based violence (GBV) is both literal – child marriage, human trafficking, rape, honor killings, and more – and figurative, wielded as a threat. Women experience markedly higher rates of violence, whether direct and explicit or implied, simply because they are women.

In her piece on Harvard’s FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Jillian Foster, Global Insight’s CEO and gender, peace and security expert, explores the need for (1) universal definitions for GBV and associated sub-categories of violence, and (2) data, data and more data. Read more here.