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More than 1/3 of women and girls worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.*
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And the International Rescue Committee's latest research shows that for some, the numbers are much, much worse. More than half of pre-teen and teenage girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (61%) and Ethiopia (52%) reported physical, sexual or emotional violence in the past 12 months.

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*Source: WHO

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Women and girls who live in areas affected by conflict and crisis are especially vulnerable to violence and abuse. Learn about the problem.

Over half

of girls in Ethiopia (52%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (61%) reported physical, sexual or emotional violence in the past year.

The IRC knows that wherever they are in the world, with the right support, girls can be girls.

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2 out of 3

women and girls in war-torn South Sudan have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

These are among the highest rates of violence against women and girls in the world.

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of women in South Sudan’s conflict zones have experienced sexual violence from someone who was not their partner.

Many of these incidents were directly related to abduction, raids or fleeing from fighting.

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