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My Age Zimbabwe SGBV for Children in Marriage Policy Brief
Accelerating Ending Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices!
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a phenomenon that transcends social, economic, and geographic borders and impacts girls, women, men, boys, and gender nonconforming individuals all over the world. GBV and harmful practices are rooted in power imbalances between the sexes and are fueled by multiple factors, including social and cultural norms, social acceptance of harmful practices, and insufficient legal protections. GBV and harmful practices disproportionately impact girls and women. Conflict, natural disasters, displacement, breakdown of social systems, disruptions in community protection, and upended law enforcement all exacerbate the prevalence and impact of GBV and harmful practices. Recognizing these drivers is a step toward lessening the vulnerability of girls, women, and marginalized populations.