Today marks the first day of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign- a global movement from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. These 16 days draw attention to the women, men, boys, and girls who are experiencing, have experienced, or will experience violence in their lifetime. Follow along each day as WI-HER shares a “pearl of wisdom”- our pearls will be in the form of new research, programming insights, voices of support, or calls to action. Today, we are sharing some facts and figures:

  • Approximately 35% of women worldwide experience either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence (or both) in their lifetimes.
  • Worldwide, roughly 15 million girls aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sex.
  • In the 30 countries with representative data on prevalence, at least 200 million living women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation. 
  • While the rate of child marriage is declining, it stands today at approximately one in five young women who will be married before their 18th birthday.
  • Women and girls account for 71% of human trafficking victims- three in four of them are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • Less than 40% of the women who experience violence seek help. [1]
  • Men experience violence too: 3% of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Roughly 2.78 million men in the United States have been victims of sexual assault or rape. [2]
  • In the US, 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. [3]

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