Working to end gender-based violence
The problem: One out of every three women worldwide will be abused during her lifetime. And gender-based violence affects not only the woman herself, but her family -- especially her children. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, a public health epidemic and a barrier to solving global challenges like extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and violent conflict. It is rooted in gender-based discrimination, destructive social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence.
Our impact: At SOS, we have a gender equality policy that focuses on redressing inequalities that girls in particular, but also women, experience because of their gender. We promote access to quality education for girls and boys, and provide children in our care with capacity building, training, life skills and productive resources based on their gender needs in order to become self-supporting adults. Together with other NGOs, we raise awareness among teachers, health care providers and community leaders to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. We also take a stand against child marriages and female genital mutilation.
Take action: Take action to stop violence against women by urging your representatives in Congress to make women and girls a priority.