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Violence against women and girls has been normalised in Mercy’s community, and while some actions are key to support survivors of violence, the violence is manifestation of the unequal powers between men and women in the community. Prevention measures need to empower women as equal members in the family and society.
Women’s empowerment (economic, education, legal, political, civic and public engagement) is key to preventing VAWG and includes building agency for women’s leadership in communities. By supporting women and girls themselves to understand the discrimination they face; the human rights that they are entitled to and the strength in coming together to advocate for their rights. Women’s leadership at community and national level is key to tackling attitudes to VAWG and discriminatory gender norms as well as holding duty bearers accountable to implement policies and legislation that prevent and protects women and girls from all forms of violence