Knowledge Note

During the last decade, violence against women and girls also referred to as “violence against women,” has gained international recognition as a grave social and human rights concern affecting virtually all societies. Epidemiological research has demonstrated that violence against women (VAW) is a major cause of ill health among women and girls. The impact of VAW can be seen directly through death and disability due to injuries, as well as indirectly through increased vulnerability to a host of physical and mental health problems. Violence and the fear of violence severely limit women’s contribution to social and economic development, thereby hindering the achievement of important national and international development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and improving maternal and child health.

About the Presenters

Gender and Development Group