Gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights violation, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. It undermines not only the safety, dignity of women but the overall health status, and human rights of the millions young women and girls in Cameroon who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nation.

Gender-based violence cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The consequences for individuals, families, communities, and countries are devastating.

All4Women sees it as vital to promote the rights of young girls and women and reduce gender-based violence while mitigating its harmful effects on individuals and communities. Unless women, girls, men, and boys fully enjoy their human rights and are free from violence, progress toward development will fall short.

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