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Global Women's Rights: Violence Against Women

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As feminism continues to work for better conditions and opportunities for women, women are still regularly denied the most basic human rights including freedom from violence and control over their own bodies.  Though incidents of violence against women occur all too often around the world, in some places dangerous acts are especially prevalent.  Honor killings, acid attacks, and child marriage are all practices that threaten women’s agency and result in health problems or death.  Two practices that are particularly widespread are Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sex trafficking.  FGM is an unnecessary procedure performed on approximately 2 million young girls a year, often causing serious complications.  Sex trafficking is a form of slavery that takes away women’s control over their own lives, with devastating effects on their health. With the help of international agreements, aid organizations and campaigns to raise awareness of the issues, we can work to stop these violations of human rights.