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Tackling Gender-Based Violence After 2015

October 11, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Recent WHO estimates confirm that 35 percent of all women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. That is about 938 million women—close to the population of Africa. GBV is a human rights issue, but it also has broader repercussions for development. Conservative estimates of economic costs of lost productivity due to domestic violence are around 2% of GDP—about most governments’ spending on primary education.