This report by Christian Aid on gender-based violence identifies the most effective strategies for aid workers to use when challenging the disproportionate violence inflicted on women, girls and the LGBTQI community.
Violence against women is endemic. According to the UN, worldwide, 30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence inflicted by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner. Although gender-based violence disproportionately affects women and girls, it also affects men and boys and those with diverse sexual and gender identities.
This report lays the blame for gender-based violence squarely at the door of gender inequality and patriarchal norms. It showcases the innovative work being done by Christian Aid and its partners to tackle the problem in five countries affected by war and conflict.
The report also explains that gender-based violence increases during times of war and conflict, aggravated by factors such as the expectation that men will take up arms, and the adoption of military tactics that deliberately target women in order to disrupt community cohesion.