Gender-based Violence

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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Learn how the U.S. is tackling this issue around the world.
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Advocating for women in a place of conflict

As a child, Rita M. Lopidia learned that women are usually the first victims of political conflict. Now she's won an award for building peace.
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Want peace and security? Include women in leadership roles.

The State Department plans to promote security by helping women worldwide reach leadership positions in dealing with conflict.
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A history of injustice: How Iran’s regime mistreats its people

February 20 is the observance of the World Day of Social Justice. See the broad swath of Iranian society that has suffered under the current regime.
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Gambian works to protect girls from cutting ritual

Giving birth to a daughter inspired Jaha Dukureh to take action to end a painful and medically unnecessary procedure inflicted on girls around the world.
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Venezuelan women, families suffer under Maduro’s chaos

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet reports that women and children continue to suffer from malnutrition in Venezuela. And it's getting worse.
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Survivor turned advocate: Peruvian seeks justice for women

Arlette Contreras Bautista is leading a grassroots movement across Peru and the region against domestic violence and other injustices against women.
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The risk of human trafficking for Venezuelan women [infographic]

At a conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis, a State Department official laid out the dangers to women caused by the former Maduro regime.
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How the former Maduro regime hurts Venezuelan women

Nicolás Maduro's corruption and mismanagement place Venezuelan women and girls, whether at home or overseas, in harm's way.