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One in three women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime, WHO says

March 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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One in three women globally are subjected to physical or sexual violence during their lifetimes, estimates a damning new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released hours after International Women's Day.

(CNN)One in three women globally are subjected to physical or sexual violence during their lifetimes, estimates a damning new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released hours after International Women's Day.

The report's findings are based on data from the largest ever WHO study on the prevalence of violence against women.

Intimate partner violence is the most common form suffered by women, with around 641 million affected globally.

The organization said younger women remain particularly at risk of such violence, with one in four women aged 15 to 24 suffering violence at the hands of an intimate partner by the time they reached their mid-twenties.

Location and wealth are crucial factors, according to the report, which found that around 37% of women living in the poorest countries had experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

In some countries, the prevalence of such violence was as high as one in every two women.

"Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic," Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said in a statement Tuesday.

"Violence against women cannot be stopped with a vaccine," he added.

Violence against women is an ongoing issue in the nation, where at least 969 women were killed in 2020.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, a worldwide list of directories is provided by UN Women.

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