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Global Violence Against Women and Girls

In the developing world, gender discrimination takes on violent and lethal forms.

  • Globally, 5,000 women and girls are murdered every year in so-called "honor killings" by family members who feel disgraced because a sister or daughter has seemed to act immodestly, or because they have fallen in love with the wrong guy, or because (most cruelly) they have been "defiled" by rape.

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