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Grim Reality: One-in-three women abused physically, sexually worldwide
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Grim Reality: One-in-three women abused physically, sexually worldwide

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United Nations, Nov 25 : At a time when world started 'Me too' campaign to bring out the plight of women, a staggering report has emerged which says that one-in-three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. United Nations highlighted these issues as it marks 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women', today.

The prevalence of the issue, ''means someone around you. A family member, a co-worker, a friend, or even yourself'' has experienced this type of abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to mark the Day.

"Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in centuries of male domination'', he asserted, reminding the world that stigma, misconceptions, under-reporting and poor enforcement of laws perpetuate impunity in rape cases. (UNI)