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Who is most at risk of GBV?

Women and girls are more at risk than men or boys because of their low social status and the power imbalance between men and women. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersex people – LGBTIs are also at risk of GBV because of their sexual orientation. Because society presumes that all people are heterosexual, LGBTIs are discriminated against because they do not fit into this mould. This makes LGBTIs at risk of hate crimes and GBV.

There are many debates about what causes gender-based violence. A common and shared cause amongst most experts is the long and on-going power imbalance between men and women in society.  The argument says that as long as women are less valued than men in their families, communities and society, they will continue to be discriminated against and acts of violence against them will be allowed and not seen as unjust.

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