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A day to raise awareness of violence against women and girls

A study conducted by the World Bank showed that for women and girls aged 16-44, gender-based violence causes more harm than cancer, traffic accidents, war and malaria. The problem is particularly serious in countries that are, or have been, in conflict, and constitutes one of the main obstacles to development and peace.
In December 1999, the UN decided to designate 25 November as the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.