Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Definition of GBV: “an umbrella term used to describe any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females).” It is “physical, mental, or sexual abuse – including acts, attempted or threatened, committed with force, manipulation, or coercion and without the informed consent of the survivor – directed against a person because of his or her gender in a society or culture.”

Most acts of gender-based violence are directed against women and girls, but gender-based violence can be directed towards males, especially boys. It can be perpetrated by families, communities and state institutions.

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Click here to consult the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women