Violence against women is a fundamental human rights issue. The scale of the problem is staggering with the rights of women and girls to security, adequate housing, health, food and education constantly under threat. It is also a development issue. Violence against women is inextricably linked to poverty and disadvantage. It has huge economic and social costs at every level of society. Put simply, this is something we cannot afford to ignore.
But if we are to succeed in tackling the problem it is crucial that the voices and experiences of women, those most affected, are at the heart of the strategies we need to overcome violence against women and to build safe, sustainable communities.