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UNODC continues to combat gender-based violence, meets SADC to strengthen cooperation on criminal justice

Gender-based violence is a global problem that robs victims of their dignity, security, health and autonomy, and it is a violation of fundamental human rights. According to the recent statistics, one in every five young girls is sexually abused as a child while 33 per cent of women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused - most often by someone they know.