The serious public health burden of gender violence4 min read 23 Mar 2022, 10:37 PM IST
We must work against the toll taken by silent anxieties borne by those who are vulnerable to such violence
Gender-based violence constitutes a serious public health burden that includes injuries, unintended pregnancies and pregnancy complications, poor reproductive and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulties with intimacy and interpersonal relationships, and death. ‘Gender-based violence’ refers to violence that is directed towards an individual owing to their gender and/or sexual orientation. Hazing to initiate young boys or LGBTQIA+ individuals into dominant forms of masculinity or femininity is also gender-based violence.
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