Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW)

What Is Violence Against Women?

Violence against women is a pervasive and serious human rights abuse that causes significant harm to individuals, families, communities and society.

These rates are much higher for women who face multiple and compounding forms of inequality.

What Drives Violence Against Women?

Our Watch defines gender inequality as:

The unequal distribution of power, resources, opportunity, and value afforded to men and women in a society due to prevailing gendered norms and structures.

Evidence shows that certain forms of gender inequality consistently predict higher rates of violence against women: