White Ribbon uses the definition of male violence against women found in the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women: ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.’
The impact of this violence on women can be physical, sexual and psychological. Violence against women can also result in death: women die from the negative health effects of violence and some are killed.
Violence against women affects women’s well-being and prevents them from fully participating in society. It also impacts on families, the community and the nation.
Men’s violence is the result of gender norms and inequality.