About the topic
Sexual and Gender-based Violence
The reality of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) around the world is staggering: 1.3 billion women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. SGBV occurs everywhere—at home, schools, communities, and workplaces—in both development and humanitarian contexts. SGBV does not discriminate: it exists in both high- and low-resource settings and across ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic status—but women and girls with disabilities and non-binary gender identities experience even higher rates of SGBV. Children are vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence due to gender discrimination, traditional cultural practices, perceptions of masculinity, and unequal power relations between adults and children.
Save the Children works across the globe to address the root causes of SGBV and improve compassionate care for SGBV child survivors. In the coming years, our priorities will be focused on: transforming gender norms to more effectively prevent and respond to SGBV, integrating interventions to address online SGBV as part of our child protection programming, and improving the prevention and response to SGBV in other sectors such as education, health, and livelihoods. We are also working to develop holistic interventions to prevent and respond to child marriage as a violation of children’s rights. We will continue to identify strategic alliances—including with local youth-led and women rights organizations—to maximize our impact and sustainability.