Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Gender-based violence is often misunderstood as just a “women’s issue” because women and girls are disproportionately affected. In reality, gender-based violence is a vast and intersecting issue that impacts all members of society, including girls and women, boys and men, and members of the LGBT community. Gender-based violence hurts every aspect of society, socially, economically, and politically. In many ways, it limits the successful function, safety, and progression of communities throughout the world.
Because gender-based violence is a multifaceted problem, ending it requires a multifaceted approach. From government officials to ordinary citizens, educators to health care workers, everyone has a role to play. As the graphic to the right shows, gender-based violence is a serious challenge, but one that we can rise to meet.