It is a stain on our society that women can be murdered, violated, assaulted or oppressed because of their gender. No woman is free until she is safe.
But thanks to catcalls in the street, everyday sexism, the chance of being groped or molested on public transport, and domestic violence in the home, millions of women feel unsafe every day of their lives.
70% of girls say they have suffered sexual harassment in school. Around 1.2 million women suffer domestic abuse a year and nearly half a million people are sexually assaulted. There are more than 250 rapes or attempted rapes every day. It has to end.
Of course, men and boys are also affected by violence and abuse and should be protected, too.
Action to tackle domestic and sexual violence and abuse will benefit everyone – male victims included.