Stopping Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Both in Canada and abroad, women and men are joining together to help bring an end to these pervasive, and often deadly, acts of violence.

CARE is part of this movement. From education to health to emergencies, CARE works with communities, governments, local groups, men and women to help address and prevent gender-based violence.

We’re engaging men and boys as allies in the fight against sexual violence, providing care to survivors, and working alongside our partners and whole communities to change the social norms that are used to control and subordinate women and girls.

What is Gender-based Violence?

Gender-based violence refers to any harm perpetrated against a person’s will on the basis of gender. It is based on an unequal power relationship between men, women, boys and girls. Women and girls are often the targets because of social norms and beliefs that perpetuate their second-class social status.

Gender-based violence includes rape, physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women and girls in the home, community and in schools; trafficking; traditional practices such as female genital cutting, forced marriage, and honour crimes; and widespread sexual violence and exploitation during and after conflicts and natural disasters.

CARE DRC Socio-Economic Program Manager, Rose Lobo, works with  women who have been affected by sexual or gender-based violence to empower them economically.  Left to right, Rose talks with beneficiaries in Goma, DRC:   Mkana Ganda (59), Clemantine Namulao (33), Socio-Economic Program Manager Rose Lobo, and Tantine Bonane (37)
CARE - Democratic Republic of Congo, March 19, 2013
photo by Jake Lyell

CARE Report: Challenging Gender-based Violence Worldwide
For almost 20 years, CARE has addressed the causes of gender-based violence and its effect on survivors in both conflict and stable development settings. This report analyses the impact of this work and how to build momentum to end the cycle of violence.

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CARE Report: “The Girl Has No Rights”: Gender-based Violence in South Sudan
Before December 2013, gender-based violence was a widespread concern in South Sudan. Now it is a crisis.
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