Violence against women

impacts 1 in 3 women globally

Key stats:

  • 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime
  • on average 1 woman is killed each week by her current or former partner


Violence Against Women
Violence against women is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

The cost to society of gender-based violence is significant. Beyond the immediate physical costs, there are psychological and social implications that can have long-term effects on individuals, such as chronic health conditions, poverty, and decreased economic opportunities that can impact entire communities.

What’s Possible When Women Lead
One powerful example of the impact that women can have in promoting peace and ending violence is Rwanda. After the genocide in 1994, women played a key role in rebuilding the country and promoting reconciliation and peace.

Today, Rwanda has one of the highest proportions of women in parliament in the world, and the country has taken significant steps to address violence against women, including implementing laws to prosecute perpetrators and providing support to survivors.

What’s Required for Change?
A multifaceted approach that includes:

  • Education and awareness campaigns
  • Improved access to services for survivors, including healthcare and legal
  • Significant engagement from men & boys in the fight against gender-based violence
  • Increased resources for prevention & investment in programs for survivors

This also requires a key shift in societal norms – particularly around definitions of ‘masculinity’ – to ensure that such violence becomes unacceptable in all cultures around the world.

Whilst violence against women remains a huge issue globally – with significant costs to both individuals and society – change is possible when we empower women, educate, challenge and inspire men – and together address inequality, as one of the root causes of violence.

At i=Change, we’re committed to helping build a more equitable world by supporting our NGO partners to help end violence against women & girls, inspire men to be leaders for change, and challenge systems that still – in many countries – continue to blame the victims.

You can be the change, when you shop for change

Share this?
Not an i=Change brand? Join the movement

Shop brands supporting projects to end violence against women

  • The Creative Sprout gives from every sale to:

    • Support kids with cancer
    • Protect a woman
    • Support a child to recover
    The Creative Sprout
  • Ashaalia gives from every sale to:

    • End the marriage of girls
    • Educate a girl
    • Empower a leader
    Ashaalia
  • Celestree gives from every sale to:

    • Prevent women dying
    • Help cancer patients
    • End the marriage of girls
    Celestree
  • The Marigold Merchant gives from every sale to:

    • Support a child to recover
    • Restore the land
    • End the marriage of girls
    The Marigold Merchant
  • Saya gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Continue her education
    • End violence against women
    Saya
  • Young Willow gives from every sale to:

    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    • Help tiny babies survive
    Young Willow
  • Be Ultra gives from every sale to:

    • Clean the sea
    • End violence against women
    • Clothe the vulnerable
    Be Ultra
  • Shona Joy gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • End violence against women
    • Keep girls in school
    Shona Joy
  • Epzen Australia gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Clean the sea
    • Provide LGBTQIA+ education
    Epzen Australia
  • White Earth Essentials gives from every sale to:

    • Support a child to recover
    • Clean the sea
    • Teach healthy masculinity
    White Earth Essentials
  • NASH + BANKS gives from every sale to:

    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    • Clean the sea
    NASH + BANKS
  • L&M Home gives from every sale to:

    • Support her recovery
    • Educate a girl
    • Back her brilliance
    L&M Home
  • Mika Creations gives from every sale to:

    • End violence against women
    • Clean the sea
    • Rewild Australia
    Mika Creations
  • GREENIGO gives from every sale to:

    • Rewild Australia
    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    GREENIGO
  • Aryele the label gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Restore the land
    • Empower survivors
    Aryele the label
  • Portier gives from every sale to:

    • Clean the sea
    • Protect a woman
    • Empower with literacy
    Portier
  • Kind Collective gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Restore the land
    • Back her brilliance
    Kind Collective
  • Mossman gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Clothe the vulnerable
    • Clean the sea
    Mossman