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What is Gender based Violence

Before we explore gender based violence further, lets understand what the term means:

The UN Convention 1993-Vienna defined violence as: "any act of gender- based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life".





 
In essence, Violence Against Women is a Human Rights Violation, which violates women's basic right to freedom and security. Violence is an act committed to put down someone, to silence her/him, to keep someone under control, and is carried out with the intention of hurting or humiliating her/him. The victim loses self-confidence and feels helpless and lonely. Violence breaks her/his spirit. She/he begins to hate her/himself and even begins to think that she/he deserved that treatment. This is true of people who get tortured, as well as with women who live in violent homes.

Violence need not be only physical; it could be emotional, verbal, financial, sexual, social or political. It could also be a combination of all these. For example, women are often raped during a communal riot. This could be done with the intention of insulting men from the other community or religion. Neglect is also a form of violence, especially if the other person has no access to resources. This would include keeping a wife or child hungry, taking away money from the wife, and so on.

Thus we can see how gender based violence takes various forms and affects basic human rights of women.

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