Sexual and gender-based violence describes violence against people based on their gender and affects mainly women and girls, but also men and boys, although to a lesser extent. Gender-based violence encompasses all violent acts that cause physical, emotional, psychological or sexual harm and suffering. This may also include denial of resources or access to services. Generally, gender-based violence is based on gender norms and unequal power relations.
Gender-based violence against women is a widespread problem. Estimates suggest that 35 percent of all women worldwide have already experienced gender-based violence. About 80 percent of all employees in the global fashion industry are women. Working conditions are often precarious and violence against women occurs far too frequently.
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