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How countries and communities are taking on gender-based violence

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The stat is appalling: 1 in 3 women worldwide have or will experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. 

Although it may take the form of domestic violence, gender-based violence is not merely a personal or family matter.  Associated with certain societies' social norms and many other risk factors, such violence leads to severe social and economic consequences that can contribute to ongoing poverty in developing and developed countries alike.

Because violence affects everyone, it takes us all—from individuals to communities, and from cities to countries—to tackle the pandemic of violence against our women and girls.

On Day 15 of the global #16Days campaign, let’s take a look at a few examples of how community groups, civil society organizations, and national governments around the world are making informed efforts to prevent and respond to various forms of gender-based violence.

1. Transforming the conversation about acid attacks through comic books in Colombia

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Sweta Shrestha

Gender Consultant – Knowledge Management and Communication, South Asia

Ram Devineni

Filmmaker and Publisher

Isabel Santagostino Recavarren

Private Sector Development Specialist

Margarita Puerto

Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Rocio Calidonio

Social Development Specialist

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