Hello There,

And welcome to this session titled Gender Based Violence. If you have been following up on my publications, they mostly centre on gender; and other issues that affect women and girls. This is something I am very passionate about.

What is Gender Based Violence?: Gender Violence (GBV) interchangibly used as male chauvinism is a very serious issue that millions of women all over the world are faced with on a daily basis. It is a manifestation of power tussle or imbalance between males and females. It can take several forms, such as :

  • Physical assault (e.g rape, sexual advances, beatings etc)
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Threats of violence
  • Personality attacks
  • Financial Imprisonment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Social exclusion
  • Child marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Human Trafficking
  • Rape
  • Female infanticide
  • Forced Labour
  • Neglect
  • Honor killings

Gender Violence can be equated to racial discrimination. Although it can happen to anyone, majority of the victims are women and girls. And in many instances, it goes undetected, unreported or simply considered the norm.

Gender-based violence is a violation of an individual’s human rights, a barrier to economic, social, and political participation. It cuts across ethnicities, religions, cultures, educational level, class, race and international borders.

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