Congressional Hearing on Gender-Based Violence: TWC Statement

gbv statementOn Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States Congress held a hearing on the Global Gender-Based Violence Threat.  The hearing featured testimony from officials within the U.S. government who work on women’s issues and gender-based violence (GBV), as well as from representatives of non-governmental organizations who work on GBV issues globally. Most of the testimony pointed out issues and facts that were clear and supported by evidence. Experts highlighted that, globally, one in three women experiences physical and/or sexual abuse in her lifetime, one in five women is the victim of a rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, 38% of murders of women are by intimate partners.   In addition, they pointed out the need to address GBV in situations of crisis and conflict, the link between women’s political participation and GBV, and the relationship between decision-making and power.

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