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Violence Against Women Reaches ‘Alarmingly High Levels’ Globally, U.N. Report Says

News outlets describe findings from a U.N. report on global and regional estimates of violence against women.

Al Jazeera America: Sexual violence against women a ‘global epidemic,’ study finds
“Violence against women and girls ‘persists at alarmingly high levels’ despite significant progress in gender equality for health, education, and legal rights, according to an expansive global report released Monday…” (3/9).

New York Times: U.N. Reveals ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels of Violence Against Women
“…About 35 percent of women worldwide — more than one in three — said they had experienced physical violence in their lifetime, the report finds. One in 10 girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex, it says. The subject is under sharp focus as delegates from around the world gather [in New York] starting on Monday to assess how well governments have done since they promised to ensure women’s equality at a landmark conference in Beijing 20 years ago — and what to do next…” (Sengupta, 3/9).

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