Violence against women and girls has many forms which range from domestic or intimate partner violence to sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict and gender-related killing and child marriage. Violence has not only long-lasting consequences for women but also their families, the community, and the country at large. It also has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses to productivity losses, impacting national budgets and overall development.
An unprecedented number of countries have laws and policies against various forms of violence. Challenges remain however in implementing these measures. Many women still lack access to free or affordable essential services in sectors such as health, security, justice and social support to ensure their safety, protection, and recovery. To eliminate violence effectively and sustainably remains a challenge, despite multiple laws around its prevention. (Source)
Sustainable Development Goals
By supporting ending violence against women, UN Women USA is, directly and indirectly, supporting the achievement of six SDGs.
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
SDG 4: Quality education
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institution
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals