1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence – mostly by an intimate partner. Gender-based violence is pervasive. According to a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, close to one-quarter of women in Slovakia report having suffered abuse. Gender-based violence comes in many forms, from intimate partner violence, to rape and sexual assault, to early and forced marriage. And the effects of this violence spread well beyond the immediate victims. But violence is not inevitable – and each of us can do something to stop it.
To mark the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (Nov. 25 to Dec 10), Embassy Bratislava has run a social media campaign featuring Embassy officers and prominent Slovak women stating what they do at work or in their daily lives to combat gender violence and promote gender equality.