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The intimate enemy

Gender violence causes more death and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or even war. The World Health Organization believes that at least one in five women has been physically or sexually abused by a man at some time in her life.

UN members still have major differences about how best to protect women's rights and the negative impact of gender violence on women's reproductive health is only just beginning to be recognised.

This report looks at the implications of domestic and sexual violence on reproductive health as well as the need for both international consensus against gender violence and changes in community values.

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