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Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 10:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Gender-based violence, for better or worse, often appears more targeted at women and girls.

Theirs are the faces we see as victims and survivors, whose stories we tell.

But is that coverage one-sided? After all, men are hardly exempt from violence against them on the basis of their gender, when a relationship becomes unbalanced.

The United Nations’ Tracy Hutchinson acknowledged today during a media training session that there is limited data on GBV available concerning men specifically.

She further noted that the challenge is to provide the appropriate systems to collect data and organize it at the various points of entry such as the Police.

Hence while statistics collected by the UN’s regional agencies point to higher rates of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a baseline survey by the Spotlight Initiative found that 11 percent of respondents still think it is okay to hit a spouse or intimate partner, there is not much to say on how men have been affected by their loss of a breadwinner, for example.

We hope to shine a light on this and other issues moving forward with the support of the UN team.

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