Islamic Relief is taking part in a global campaign against gender-based violence (GBV) as part of its strategy to promote gender justice from an Islamic faith perspective. The annual 16-day campaign, initiated in 1991, starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Gender justice and child protection are a core part of Islamic Relief’s humanitarian work, particularly in crisis situations when women and children can be more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Common forms of GBV include physical and sexual violence, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, human trafficking, harassment and coercive behaviour and increasingly, digital forms of abuse such as cyber-bullying and revenge porn.

One in three women experience gender-based violence in their lifetime and 200 million girls worldwide have experienced genital mutilation.


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