Gender-Based Violence Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender-based violence includes acts of violence in the form of physical, psychological, or sexual violence against a person specifically because of his or her gender. It constitutes one of the most widespread human rights abuses and public health problems in the world today, with devastating long term consequences for victims' physical and mental health. Simultaneously, its broader social effects compromise the social development of children in the household, the unity of the family, the social fabric of affected communities, and the well-being of society as a whole.3 Governments are legally obligated to address the problem of genderbased violence through a range of measures, including legislation.

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