Knowledge Note

"Violence against women takes many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and economic."

Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of gender inequality and widely considered as a violation of human rights. It is a global epidemic that endangers the life trajectories of women and girls in multiple ways, with a wide range of negative consequences not only for them, but also for their children, families, and communities.

Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment report  is part of a series of studies that examine the roles that laws, policies, and specific programs or interventions may play toward ending violence against women. This is done through both multi-country analysis and country case studies. The series also discusses some of the factors that drive various forms of violence against women and girls, and their trends over time.

The report is produced by Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Global Partnership for Education and The World Bank.